Three points were rescued from a match that looked destined to end in a scoreless draw when Kevin Ellis' 89th minute shot was deflected into the Montreal net. The Fire controlled most of the match but neither team was able to generate much in clear chances until some of the Fire's youth injected some energy into the game.
It was a must-win game for the Fire at home with three of the next four games on the road.
Fire line up
Sanchez; Ellis, Kappelhof, Lillard, Vincent; Adams (Johnson 82'), McCarty, Schweinsteiger; Gordon (Collier 61'), Katai, Nikolic (Campos 72')
Subs not used: McLain, Tchani, Campbell, Bronico