Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Toronto FC and the Chicago Fire will meet for
the first time this season when the two sides square off at BMO Field on
It has not been a memorable campaign for either side as both clubs enter the
contest outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, but Chicago comes
into the affair within striking distance of a postseason slot - a win for the
Fire would push them into fifth place with 38 points.
Chicago is coming off of a disappointing 2-1 road loss to Seattle Sounders FC
at the weekend. The two sides looked destined to split the points until an own
goal from Gonzalo Segares in the 89th minute gifted the victory to the
"I felt the team played well - played really well - and definitely deserved to
walk away with points from here but that's not how it goes sometimes, so we
have to regroup," Fire head coach Frank Klopas said after the match. "I think
(we can) learn from some little things that we could do better and just
regroup fast because we have to move on to the next game in Toronto. There are
a lot of games coming up and we just have to move on."
On a positive note, the Fire will have the opportunity to bounce back against
one of the league's weaker sides - Toronto has claimed just four wins all
The Reds were thrashed by the Portland Timbers in a 4-0 loss at Jeld-Wen Field
on Saturday, but the scoreline did not tell the whole story. Toronto was
trailing by one heading into the final 10 minutes, but Rodney Wallace, Will
Johnson and Diego Valeri each produced a goal to inflate Portland's margin of
Toronto has not been blown out of many games this season, so the four-goal
defeat at the weekend could be attributed to a thin squad caused by players
away on international duty.
"We're down to our bare bones, but it's no excuse because the guys, I thought,
I thought they did really well," said defender Steven Caldwell after the loss.
"Up until that second goal, everything was going to plan. It's just, really
our own mistakes that were causing the kind of problems that we were giving
away in our half."
Toronto is winless in its last five outings, leaving the club second from
bottom in the East on 22 points.
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