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FC Cincinnati didn’t get the help it needed from other matches, and certainly didn’t help itself against Chicago Fire FC Saturday night at TQL Stadium.

The Fire, which had already been eliminated from playoff contention, ruined FC Cincinnati’s 2022 regular-season home finale and dented FCC’s playoff push with a 3-2 victory.

Jhon Duran put the Fire in front in the 57th minute in Cincinnati. Then, Brian Gutierrez followed up with a goal of his own two minutes later.

Duran added a third goal in the 75th minute when he delicately lifted the ball over an on-rushing Roman Celentano, who came off his line to try to disrupt the forthcoming attempt.

Luciano Acosta’s ninth goal of 2022 put FC Cincinnati on the scoreboard. Brandon Vazquez’s 17th of the season brought FCC to within a goal in the 89th minute and, with six minutes of time added on, the comeback seemed to be on.

But FC Cincinnati’s late charge arrived too late.

Through 75 minutes, only two of Cincinnati’s 15 shots found the target, as former FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Spencer Richey back-stopped the visitors to a win that altered the MLS Cup playoff picture.

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