Koné, Quioto spark Montreal to 2-0 victory over Fire

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CHICAGO (AP) — Ismaël Koné scored early before leaving on a red card during first-half stoppage time and CF Montreal turned back the Chicago Fire 2-0 on Saturday in Major League Soccer action.

Koné netted his second goal of the season to give Montreal (15-8-4) a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute and Romell Quioto found the net for a team-high 15th time five minutes later to make it 2-0. Koné was disqualified after picking up his second yellow card in the third minute of extra time.

Montreal has set club records with eight road wins and 26 points away from home this season. Montreal picked up its fourth straight road win for the first time in club history. And for the first time in its MLS history, Montreal has scored 25 goals on the road.

Chicago (8-13-6) was shut out at home for a third straight match — the first time that has happened since 2009.

Sebastian Breza had four saves to earn the clean sheet for Montreal. Gaga Slonina stopped four shots for the Fire.

With three more points, Montreal remains in second place in the Eastern Conference, five points behind the Philadelphia Union, who also won on Saturday night.

With seven games to go in the MLS regular season, CF Montréal will play its next game this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., against the New York Red Bulls at Stade Saputo.

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