Fire 3, Impact 1

Alex and midfielder Alvaro Fernandez each scored in the second

half to lead the Chicago Fire a 3-1 comeback win over the Montreal

Impact on Saturday night.

The win pulled the Fire (15-8-5) within a point of Eastern

Conference leader Sporting Kansas City. Chicago has 50 points and

third-place New York is right behind with 49.

Montreal (12-15-3), playing its first match in two weeks,

dropped its second straight after winning five in a row.

Alex took a pass from Fernandez, split a pair of defenders and

beat goalkeeper Troy Perkins to break a 1-all tie in the 61st

minute. The Brazilian sent his shot over Perkins and high to the

far corner of the net.

Fernandez followed with a 15-yard right-footed shot in the 80th

to put the game out of reach. Sherjill MacDonald had tied the match

with a nifty header in the 34th, redirecting a pass from Jalil

Anibaba into the lower left corner of the net.

Marco Di Vaio gave Montreal a 1-0 lead in the 20th, his fourth

straight match with a goal. He took defender Hassoun Camera’s

headed centering pass, flicked the ball forward and scored from

about 12 yards out. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson fell to his right but

could only get a fingertip on the ball.