DC United moved to within a point of fourth-placed Chicago with a 4-2 win over the Fire at RFK Stadium in MLS on Wednesday.
The home side had four difference scorers in an emphatic attacking display which saw the usually defensively sound Fire concede more than two goals for the first time this season in the Eastern Conference clash.
United took the lead in the 19th minute when Chris Pontius had his low shot spilled by Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson, allowing Dwayne De Rosario to tap in the opener.
Chicago equalised just before interval after a slick passing move ended with Daniel Paladini, who finished with a low strike.
But new signing Lionard Pajoy headed home at the back post to wrestle the lead back for United with virtually the last play of the first half.
Just five minutes into the second half, Brandon McDonald doubled United’s lead.
Gonzalo Segares restored hope for the Fire 15 minutes later when he was left unmarked at the back post from a free-kick, but United put the game beyond doubt through substitute Tan Long, whose scuffed shot went under Johnson’s hands and into the net a minute from time.
The Columbus Crew scrapped their way to a 2-1 win over Toronto thanks to an early goal from Eddie Gaven and a second-half strike from Federico Higuain.
Columbus netted in only the fourth minute as Gaven saw his shot deflect in past a frozen Freddy Hall in Toronto’s goal.
Columbus continued to dominate and extended their lead in the 58th minute through some slick passing by Gaven, Jairo Arrieta and Higuain.
The ball ended with Higuain inside the area and the Argentine finished confidently to make it 2-0.
Luis Silva pegged a goal back for Toronto on 71 minutes with a fine finish from outside the area but Columbus were deserved victors.