Fans were cheering and barking for their home team Saturday night. What? Barking did I say? Yup, It was bring your dog to to the game day and on a beautiful Chicago night, the Chicago Fire with their dog-owner fans outlasted the Montreal Impact 2-1. The win pulled them into the number six spot in the Eastern Conference standings. With the victory the Fire have been undefeated in the last four matches and have steadily climbed up the standings and finally pulled the club at .500 (9-9-4) with 31 point.
The Big Red got on the score board early early with a wicked deflected shot from Joel Lindpere in the sixth minute. The ball came back to Lindpere outside the right side of the box and he quickly controlled it with his right foot then without hesitation kicked the ball with his left foot and ricocheted off of a Montreal defender right pass the goalie into the net.
The persistence of Dilly Duka in the 23rd minute put the Fire up 2-0 at the half. The Impact did get one back in the 57th minute courtesy of a Felipe Martins strike, but the Fire were able to stand up to the late Impact rally and Chris Rolfe headed the ball off the line in the 93rd minute as the Men in Red earned the full three points at home.
This was a wonderful victory for the Fire. After the match, Head Coach Frank Kloppas said, “Credit to my players that have never given up and that never will until the end. Now we just have to move ahead, it’s a good feeling but the commitment has to be even more from everyone in order to reach our goal.”
With man’s best friend in the stands, the persistence and constant hard work, the Fire have been able to make themselves real contenders in the MLS. Let’s bring our cats next week and continue this winning streak! The Fire will visit Gillette Stadium next week to face The New England Revolution.