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Houston hands Fire third loss in last four.

Byline: Associated Press

Alberth Elis scored two second-half goals to help the Houston Dynamo defeat the Chicago Fire 3-2 on Sunday for their first road win of the season.

Elis, on a one-on-one breakaway, cut back to evade defender Johan Kappelhof and ripped a right-footer from the center of the box into the back of the net to give Houston (4-3-3) a 3-2 lead in the 74th minute.

The Dynamo's Romell Quioto opened the scoring in the fourth, running onto a long through ball from Tomas Martinez and rolling the finish past sliding goalkeeper Richard Sanchez.

Nemanja Nikolic tied it in the 14th minute and then fed Diego Campos for a goal about two minutes later. Elis converted from the spot to make it 2-2 early in the second half after Mauro Manotas drew a foul in the area conceded by Sanchez.

Fire coach Veljko Paunovic said there was no way to explain the team's losing skid.

"There's no need to explain anything," Paunovic said. "This is the best we can do right now. It's a difficult loss but there was a good response in the first half but there were way too many errors. Way too naive and a lack of urgency and competitiveness. It is what it is."

The Fire (3-6-2) has lost three of its last four games.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Geographic Code:1U7TX
Date:May 21, 2018
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