Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - The Montreal Impact claimed a fifth victory in
seven games on Saturday at Saputo Stadium behind second-half goals from Andres
Romero and Marco Di Vaio in a 2-0 triumph over the Chicago Fire.
Chicago forced Montreal goalkeeper Troy Perkins to deal with a few long-range
efforts in the first half, but neither goalkeeper was too severely tested as
the match entered the second 45 minutes without a goal.
Romero unlocked the Chicago defense in the 57th minute to put his side in
front when he got the ball on the left wing and danced past a defender inside
the penalty area before curling a shot inside the far post.
Chicago was just one goal down with 30 minutes still to play, but the Fire's
chances greatly diminished in the 63rd when Jeff Larentowicz received a
straight red card for clipping the foot of Montreal's Andrea Pisanu as he made
his way toward goal.
Di Vaio's ensuing free kick was nicely parried by Fire goalkeeper Sean
Johnson, but the Italian made the most of his next chance in the 76th minute.
Daniele Paponi's flick inside the box pushed the ball on to Di Vaio, who
brought it down with his back to goal and scored on the turn with a shot that
caromed into the net off the left post.
The Impact had two more chances to add to that lead, but Di Vaio's effort
rolled just wide of the post before Johnson produced a fine stop on a shot
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