Pair of 2nd-half goals lift Fire over Impact 3-1

The Associated Press
Pair of 2nd-half goals lift Fire over Impact 3-1
In a photo provided by the Chicago Fire, Chicago Fire's Dominic Oduro, left to right, Alex, Alvaro Fernandez and Chris Rolfe celebrate Fernandez's goal as Montreal Impact's Alessandro Nesta, right, walks up the field during the second half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 in Bridgeview, Ill. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey/Chicago Fire)

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) -- 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.