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

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Associated Press

Posted on September 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM

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. Sherjill MacDonald also scored for Chicago in the 34th.

Marco Di Vaio gave Montreal a 1-0 lead in the 20th.

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