CF Montreal continued their streak of success in a bid for a playoff berth with a 2-0 win over the visiting Chicago Fire on Sunday.
Montreal (10-8-7, 37 points) won its second straight game and is 4-1-2 in its last seven games.
Chicago (6-14-5, 23 points) has lost three straight games, all through shutouts.
Neither team generated much in the opening minutes, with the first chance coming to Montreal when Victor Wanyama headed a free kick that went just outside the right post in the 13th minute. It was their only half-time shot attempt.
The fire had the best opportunities in the first half, getting four of his six shots on target, but again couldn’t convert his chances.
Chicago forced Montreal goalie James Pantemis to make two saves moments apart midway through the first half. After diving for a header from center-back Mauricio Pineda high above the goal area in the 19th minute, Pantemis dove to the right to deflect Luka Stojanovic’s shot from outside the net.
Pineda had the opportunity to put the lead in the 33rd minute with a header from the left side, but Montreal defender Rudy Camacho steered the ball away from the goal.
Chicago picked up where it left off at the start of the second half with a chance from Miguel Navarro from the left side in the 53rd minute, but Pantemis managed to deflect the ball over the net.
Romell Quioto gave Montreal a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute, on the club’s first shot on target, when Djordje Mihailovic slid it through Chicago’s defense for the Honduran forward, who has since logged on. the goal area.
Fabian Herbers scored for the fire in the 77th minute, but the goal was called back by defender Miguel Navarro flagged for offside.
Montreal doubled its lead three minutes later on a goal against its Chicago camp. Mathieu Choinière watched midfielder Ahmed Hamdi descend to the left flank, but firefighter defender Carlos Teran, fighter Hamdi, hit him in his own net to make it 2-0.
– Field level media