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Rapid Reaction: Fire 1, Union 1

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Here is a quick look at the Chicago Fire's 1-1 draw to the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday at Toyota Park:

How it happened: Union forward Veljko Paunovic tallied an unassisted goal at the 34th minute to swing the momentum of a match that was clearly in the Fire's favor during the first half hour. But recent signing Pavel Pardo tallied a goal in his debut to tie the match at 1-1 in the 54th minute.

What it means: With their league-leading 13th draw, the Fire are tied for last in the East with Toronto FC with 19 points and a 2-6-13 record. The Union moves to 8-5-8 and 32 points -- two points behind the East-leading Columbus Crew.

Outside the box: Fire defender Jalil Anibaba, who spent his collegiate career as a center back, was brought into the match in the sixth minute for center back Cory Gibbs. Gibbs left the match with a lower leg injury. Anibaba had been at right back all season for the Fire, and with the addition of Pardo, captain Logan Pause took over Anibaba's customary right back slot entering Wednesday's game.

Up next: The Fire don't have much time to rest up as they travel to the Pacific Northwest to face the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. CT at Empire Field.