The Fire lost a game at home that they had to have. A 3-2 defeat at Toyota Park, marked Houston’s first road victory of the season and left the Fire with a lowly 2-4-1 mark at home. At 3-6-2 overall, the team is in danger of letting the season slip away from them.
After a 4th minute Romell Quioto goal gave the visitors the lead, the Fire charged back with two scores in the three minutes to take the lead. Bastian Schweinsteiger generated chances in the 14th and 17th that were finished by Nemanja Nikolic and Diego Campos respectively, but Houston took full control of the second half.
Alberth Elis converted a 56th minute penalty kick after Richard Sanchez charged out and tripped Mauro Manotas in the box. Elis provided the game winner in the 74th.
The Fire managed only three shots on target during the match. Two were the scores and the third came on a soft Alan Gordon stoppage time header.
Sanchez; Ellis (Ramos 87′), Kappelhof, Lillard, Vincent; Adams (Gordon 73′), Schweinsteiger, Tchani; Campos, Nikolic, Katai (Johnson 60′)