In Bridgeview's SeatGeek Stadium in front of more than 14,000 attendees, the Chicago Fire FC (10-15-9, 39 points) drew 1-1 with the New England Revolution (10-12-12, 42 points) on Oct. 9, courtesy of a 92nd-minute equalizer from 19-year-old Alex Monis in the team's final match of the year.
The first half remained scoreless as both sides fought to find the edge. The Fire dominated possession throughout the opening 45 minutes and outshot the visitors seven to four.
Monis found the back of the net as the ball fell to his feet following an initial deflection save from New England goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic. It was his first Major League Soccer (MLS) goal in his second all-time appearance.
Fire alumni, including members of the 1998 US Open Cup and MLS Cup Championship teams, were in attendance in honor of the club's 25th anniversary. Fire players wore special commemorative jerseys during the game which were then auctioned off to fans to benefit the Fire's P.L.A.Y.S. Program.
On Oct. 9 in Minneapolis, the Chicago Bears (2-3) fell to the Minnesota Vikings (4-1) 29-22 despite Bears quarterback Justin Field's impressive second-half performance.
Chicago fell behind 21-3 in the second quarter but stormed back to take a 22-21 lead in the fourth quarter. However, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins provided the game-winning score, capping a 17-play, 75-yard touchdown march with a 1-yard sneak with 2:26 remaining, The Chicago Tribune noted. Cousins then hit Justin Jefferson for a two-point conversion.
Bears QB Justin Fields has the lowest passer rating in the NFL at 58.7. The next lowest is former Chicago quarterback Mitch Trubisky at 73.7, and he has lost his starting job with the Pittsburgh Steelers.