CF Montreal needs just one more point to secure home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs after securing a 3-2 win over the Chicago Fire at the Stade Saputo on Tuesday.
Kei Kamara scored twice and Zachary Brault-Gillard added another for Montreal (17-9-5) while Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice from the penalty spot for Chicago (9-14-8).
After a terrible start for both teams, a breakthrough would come for the home team in the 21st minute. Ismail Kon sent a low shot into the box that was deflected into the net by Camara to give Montreal a 1-0 lead.
Eight minutes later, Kwon won the goal in midfield and played Kamara, who then scored to give Montreal a 2-0 lead.
Chicago found its way back to her much later. In the 38th minute, Montreal goalkeeper Sebastien Briza threw himself at Fairford’s John Duran, who played on and conceded the penalty. Shaqiri scored a penalty kick a minute later to bring Chicago within one.
Montreal didn’t let the goal slip away as they came right back on the attack. This time, Kamara played the role of facilitator, finding Brault Gaillard in space. He then fired a low shot past the keeper to restore Montreal’s lead in the 44th minute.
Montreal’s lack of discipline allowed Chicago back into the game in the 57th minute.
Despite being nowhere near the ball, defender Joel Waterman brought down Duran, who took his second penalty of the game. Shaqiri stepped up to take the penalty for the second time and made no mistake, completing his brace to make it 3-2.
Despite mounting pressure from the Fire – who need a win to keep their play-off hopes alive – the scoresheet was unchanged in the final half-hour.
Both teams return to action on September 17 as Montreal travels to New England to take on the Revolution, while Chicago returns home to host Charlotte FC.