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By RYAN TOLMICH
In recent weeks, the Chicago Fire have had issues truly putting teams away. They had no such issues Saturday night.
The Fire halted the 10-man Montreal Impact’s two game win streak with a 3-0 thrashing at Toyota Park behind goals from Harry Shipp, Jeff Larentowicz and Kennedy Igboananike.
Shipp opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a pinpointed laser of a shot into the top right corner.
After seeing the ball hoofed into the left corner, Igboananike won a battle with Bakary Soumare to retain possession. Igboananike proceeded to slide a pass into Shipp, who took a perfect touch past his defender and rifled a left-footed shot into the corner, giving the Fire the lead.
That lead was doubled in the 45th minute through Larentowicz, as the Fire defender converted easily from the penalty spot.
Larentowicz’ opportunity was provided following a foul in the box, as Soumare’s slide tackle of David Accam was ruled to be a foul. Larentowicz took full advantage, sending goalkeeper Evan Bush the wrong way with a shot into the right side of the goal.
The Fire’s third and final tally of the night came via Igboananike with a deserved finish in a match that saw the Designated Player as active as any on the field.
After seeing midfielder Razvan Cocis intercept a goalkick at midfield, Igboananike made his run and was fed with a pass from the Romanian. Igboananike proceeded to dash in alone and finish with a shot to the far post for the Nigerian’s first MLS goal.
The Fire’s dominance was spurred on by 37th minute dismissal of Marco Donadel, who received his marching orders after a foul on Matt Polster was deemed to be a second yellow card.
With the victory, the Fire collect their 14th point through 11 games, while the Impact remain stuck on eight in eight.
The Fire look to build upon a statement victory in a matchup with D.C. United on June 3, while the Impact play host to the Vancouver Whitecaps that same day.