Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Fire go in search of a crucial
three points on Saturday when the club welcomes the Montreal Impact to Toyota
Park hoping to keep its playoff chances alive.
The Fire come into their penultimate home game a point out of fifth place in
the division and the final playoff spot, following their 3-0 loss at Columbus
The Crew opened the scoring on the quarter-hour as Federico Higuain came away
from a scrum with possession and found Jairo Arrieta, whose lunging toe poke
put Dominic Oduro into space. He then struck a low shot toward the far post
that got past Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
Columbus extended its lead to 2-0 thanks to a foul on Arrieta, who beat
Johnson to a perfect through ball from Tony Tchani and was taken down in the
box. Higuain sent Johnson the wrong way on the resulting spot kick.
The Crew then put the result to bed seven minutes later when Tchani found
Bernardo Anor on a diagonal ball into the right side of the area that he
slotted under Johnson and into the net.
The result saw the Fire's road losing streak extended to four matches and have
won just one game overall in their last five contests.
"We were coming from behind. Really, we pushed the game. We had chances to tie
the game and it doesn't go your way and then they got a PK. The team left
everything on the field. I feel good about the group. We have to regroup and
get ready for next week," said Fire head coach Frank Klopas.
Montreal, meanwhile, enters the match in need of a bounce-back performance
having lost two consecutive matches at Saputo Stadium, including a 3-0 loss to
Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Whitecaps FC put a nose in front in the seventh minute after Nigel Reo-Coker
sent in a cross from the right, Impact defender Hassoun Camara slipped in the
penalty area and handled the ball. From the resulting penalty kick, Kenny
Miller converted low to goalkeeper Troy Perkins' right.
Vancouver then broke it open with a pair of goals from substitute Camilo inside
the final few minutes to claim the victory, which sees the Impact drop back-to-
back home contests for the first time this season.
"We started off the game well and then had to adjust our game after that
unlucky penalty shot," said Impact head coach Marco Schallibaum.
"In the first half we had troubles getting into those last 20 meters. In the
second half, we had lots of opportunities; we pushed a lot and tried hard. I
think we were closer to a tie at the beginning of the second half, but with
these goals, it came down to a hard loss for the team."
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