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MLS Standings 2012: Chicago Fire fall into tie for 2nd in Eastern Conference

The Chicago Fire entered Friday's game against Sporting Kansas City with a chance to take over the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Instead, they now find themselves tied for second.

The Fire entered this week with 53 points, two behind Sporting KC. That gap widened to five points with Sporting KC's 2-0 win. The Fire fell into a tie for second when the New York Red Bulls moved up with a 4-1 win. Chicago still owns the points per game advantage over New York as the Fire have played one less game.

With four regular season games to play and now trailing Sporting KC by five points, Chicago's chances of taking the top seed in the Eastern Conference took a major hit this week. The Fire have yet to clinch a playoff spot although they have a five-point lead over the Columbus Crew, who are currently in sixth place.

Sporting Kansas City remains atop the Eastern Conference while San Jose has the lead in the Western Conference and in the Supporters' Shield race. Complete standings can be found at