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Six Alarm Fire: Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact

One of the most heartbreaking finishes in the 2016 Major League Soccer season came on Saturday night at Toyota Park, when Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti put the ball in the back of the net with just seconds remaining in stoppage time to give the Eastern Conference-leading Montreal Impact a 2-1 victory over the Fire.

Photo by: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Photo by: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Fire snatched a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute when team scoring leader Kennedy Igboananike took a Gilberto pass and turned it into a perfect finish past Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush, ending the Fire’s three game scoring drought.

Going into halftime, the Fire maintained that 1-0 lead; however, the tide would turn with the entrance of Ivorian superstar Didier Drogba for the Impact.

Drogba’s impact (pun intended) was felt almost immediately when he scored his first goal of the season 10 minutes into the second half.

The match went back and forth through most of the second half until the previously mentioned goal from Piatti was put past Fire goalkeeper Matt Lampson after time had expired and stoppage time was almost complete.

SectorLatinoI got a unique perspective of Saturday’s match, standing with the notoriously rowdy supporters group, Sector Latino. This group is small, but they are welcoming and always standing and cheering for the Men in Red.

The Fire are off this week before hosting Eastern Conference foe D.C. United next Saturday at Toyota Park, while Montreal look to stay atop the Eastern Conference standings with a showdown versus Canadian rivals Toronto FC next Saturday.

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