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Barrett, Edu score in 1-1 draw

Jul 8, 2007 - 5:00 AM BRIDGEVIEW, Illinois (Ticker) -- Chad Barrett and Maurice Edu both scored a second-half goals as the Chicago Fire and Toronto FC battled to a 1-1 draw on Saturday night.

In a matchup between two clubs that sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the Fire struck first with hopes of rebounding from their 2-0 setback at Los Angeles last weekend.

Barrett found the back of the net for the fourth time this season in the 70th minute, when he beat Toronto goalkeeper Srdjan Djekanovic on a penalty kick.

Barrett was awarded his first career penalty kick when Toronto's Tyrone Marshall fouled the 21-year-old in the penalty area.

Barrett appears to have bounced back after suffering several injuries last season. He was limited to only 16 games due to a right groin strain and broken right fifth metatarsal.

With Toronto (5-7-3) coming off the first road win in club history, Edu tried to prove it wasn't a fluke by splitting two defenders in the box and blasting a kick past Chicago netminder Matt Pickens.

"I saw (Ronnie) O'Brien pick his head up, so I tried to make a run for the box," Edu said. "I expected (Danny) Dichio to flick the ball on goal, but it went over his head. It went right to me. I took it off my chest and just hit it for a post."

"There was a foul to start the play," Chicago interim coach Denis Hamlett said. "On the free kick, Toronto put it in the box and we didn't get it out fast enough and didn't put enough pressure on the ball. (Maurice) ran in and took a good shot."

It was Edu's third tally this campaign.

Chicago's Justin Mapp returned to the lineup after playing 65 minutes with the United States national team in Venezuela on Thursday. He entered the game in the 63rd minute.

"I thought both teams were fighting hard," Mapp said. "It was hot. It was the third game for the team in a week. I was just trying to come in there and provide some energy more than anything. It was a tough ballgame. Both teams had several chances, but both got a point in the end."

Toronto coach Mo Johnston was unimpressed with his club's effort.

"Performance-wise, it was unacceptable," Johnston said. "In terms of distribution, poor, very poor. The structure of the team was good, but I wasn't pleased with the effort."

The contest was a good showing for Chicago (4-7-4) under Hamlett, who was filling in until Juan Carlos Osorio - who was hired Friday - takes over the club. Osorio replaces Dave Sarachan as the third coach in franchise history.