Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Fire went a goal down but
stormed back to earn a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Impact at Toyota Park on
Saturday, the club's sixth win from its last seven league games.
Marco Di Vaio gave the Impact the lead, but Sherjill MacDonald leveled the
score before Alex and Alvaro Fernandez broke through to seal all three points
for the Fire.
Chicago (15-8-5) retains second place in the Eastern Conference with 50 points
on the season, moving to within one point of first-place Sporting Kansas City.
Montreal (12-15-3) loses its second match on the bounce to stay put on 39
points through 30 games, five points shy of a playoff spot.
Montreal went in front in the 20th minute when Hassoun Camara's long header
released Di Vaio through on goal. The Italian wriggled free of a Fire defender
and fired a left-footed shot past Sean Johnson for his fifth goal of the
Chicago leveled the score before halftime though. Jalil Anibaba's cross was
met by MacDonald, and the Dutch striker nodded the delivery past Troy Perkins
at the far post.
The Fire completed the comeback at the hour-mark when Alex collected a pass
from Fernandez and fired a shot into the upper corner off the half-volley for
his second goal of the season.
Fernandez chipped in with a goal of his own to put the win on ice, slotting a
one-time effort just inside the near post off of a centering pass from Chris