Kevin Ellis scored the game’s lone goal in the 89th minute as the Chicago Fire defeated the Montreal Impact 1-0 on Wednesday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.
Ellis started wide to the left of Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush and dribbled his way deep into the penalty area. The Impact’s tiring defense never came to challenge him, so Ellis uncorked a left-footed shot that banged off a Montreal defender and past Bush into the low-left corner of the net.
Johan Kappelhof was granted an assist on the score.
Chicago goalkeeper Richard Sanchez was up to the task, earning his second shutout of 2018 and his career while saving two shots. The Fire’s defense also did its part, blocking six shots before they got to Sanchez.
Bush turned away four shots for the Impact and never had a chance to get a hand on Ellis’ goal after it was deflected.
The Impact earned a 14-12 advantage in shots over Chicago, but the Fire had five shots on target to just two for Montreal. The Fire had an edge in corner kicks (8-3), total passes (582-349), passing accuracy (86 percent to 82 percent), in possession (63 percent to 37 percent) and in tackles won (14-8) but had nothing to show for all their hard work until Ellis fashioned his goal.
The Fire (3-4-2) improved to 2-3-1 at home while moving past the Impact and into seventh place in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer. Montreal (3-7-0) continued its woeful road form, falling to 1-6-0 away from home.
Chicago is back in action on Saturday when its travels to Columbus to battle the Crew. The Impact, meanwhile, head back the Canada to host the Philadelphia Union, also on Saturday.
—Field Level Media