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Toronto FC vs Chicago Fire: Live Thread

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Will TFC start 4-0-0?

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FT — It’s all over here in Toronto. Toronto FC dominated for large parts of this match, but were unable to take advantage of some scoring chances, and will see this as two dropped points.

90’ — There have been four minutes of stoppage time added on.

90’ — There are shouts for a TFC penalty after Jozy Altidore goes down in the box, but the referee waves them away.

79’ — TFC make their second change. Jay Chapman is in for Marky Delgado.

76’ — Toronto FC 2-2 Chicago Fire — OSO! Jonathan Osorio ties the game with a header from the edge of the 6-yard box! It’s his first of 2019, and BMO Field is rocking again.

68’ — Both teams make a substitution. Nemanja Nikolic leaves the pitch for Nicolas Gaitan and Ayo Akinola comes on for Richie Laryea.

63’ — Jozy gets on the end of another header, but Ousted again makes the save.

62’ — Toronto FC 1-2 Chicago Fire — A giveaway by Richie Laryea gets punished, as Aleksandar Katai runs up the wing before playing the ball into the middle, where Nemanja Nikolic was waiting, and he volleys it home to give the visitors the lead.

57’ — Alejandro Pozuelo is given a yellow card for a foul on a Chicago player. It’s getting a bit scrappy again.

56’ — Djordje Mihailovic is given a yellow card for tripping Justin Morrow.

52’ — Nemanja Nikolic gets a yellow card for a challenge on Drew Moor.

48’ — Osorio goes down in the box, but the referee waves away calls for a penalty.

47’ — Nick DeLeon does his best Alejandro Pozuelo impression, sending a perfect cross to Altidore at the back post, but Jozy’s header is saved this time.

46’ — The second half is underway!


HT — It’s halftime here in Toronto. Another excellent goal from the Pozuelo - Jozy connection gave TFC the lead in the 31st minute, but a stoppage time goal from C.J. Sapong sees the two sides enter the break tied at one goal apiece.

45’ +1’ — Toronto FC 1-1 Chicago Fire — C.J. Sapong ties the game for the visitors. Alex Bono was caught out of position, and Sapong lifted the ball over him and into the goal.

45’ — 3 minutes of stoppage time have been added on.

36’ — It’s boiling over here in Toronto. Aleksandar Katai appeared to headbutt both Drew Moor and Richie Laryea after wasting time by throwing the ball away from Alex Bono. Laryea certainly appeared to lean into Katai for a headbutt as well. Jozy Altidore, Nick DeLeon, Dax McCarty and a few more players got involved as a scrum ensued near the TFC penalty box and both Katai and Laryea get yellow cards for their efforts.

35’ — Chris Mavinga sprints across the pitch to make a stunning tackle and stop a scoring chance.

31’ — Toronto FC 1-0 Chicago Fire — Jozy Altidore opens the scoring! Alejandro Pozuelo put the ball on a plate for Altidore, who heads it home from a couple of yards out and follows it up with an emphatic celebration.

25’ — Jozy Altidore blocks Bastian Schweinsteiger from intercepting a pass before turning and firing the ball just wide.

21’ — The referee pointed to the spot for a TFC penalty after Richie Laryea was brought down in the box, but the assistant referee calls it back for an offside.

6’ — Drew Moor rises to get his head on the end of a free kick but David Ousted catches it on the line.

1’ — 18 seconds in and Chris Mavinga is already down on the ground. He looked to have been struck by an elbow to the head, and has to leave the pitch to get treatment. Laurent Ciman is warming up, but I think Mavinga is going to stay in the game.

1’ — We’re underway here at BMO Field! Toronto FC are kicking toward the north end of the pitch.

Lineups:

Toronto FC:

TFC are playing a 3-5-2 formation this afternoon:

Chicago Fire:

Preview

Toronto FC are back at home on Saturday for a game against the Chicago Fire.

At the start of the season, many TFC fans probably circled this early-season encounter on their calendars because of the chance to not only see the legendary Bastian Schweinsteiger, but also fan-favourites Raheem Edwards and Nicolas Hasler. Unfortunately, Edwards is out with an injury, and Nico has been shipped off to Sporting Kansas City.

Looking to start 4-0-0 for the first time in their history, the Reds will be taking on the Fire, who are currently in 9th place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 1-1-2 record.

Toronto FC are sitting in third place in the Conference with a 3-0-0 record, their best-ever start to an MLS campaign. Check out this great article by WTR’s Martyn Bailey to find about all of the cool records that TFC players will be hoping to break on Saturday afternoon.

For this live thread’s song, there isn’t really much connection to the game other than the fact that the name of it is “Fire”. It is a pretty decent song, however, and reminds me of the “good ol’ days” (2011), when 10-year-old me would wake up early on Saturday mornings to watch Premier League games, as this song was the song from the intro video.

Anyway, that’s enough rambling for one game thread. Here’s the song:

Team news: Injuries & suspensions

Toronto FC:

  • Questionable: D - Auro Jr. (minor semitendinosus strain)

Chicago Fire:

  • Out: D - Andre Reynolds II (thigh injury)
  • Out: D - Jorge Corrales (groin injury)
  • Out: M - Raheem Edwards (knee injury)
  • Out: M - Przemyslaw Frankowski (groin injury)
  • Out: F - Fabian Herbers (groin injury)
  • Questionable: F - CJ Sapong (illness)

Pregame Reading:

How to watch

Match date/time: Saturday, April 6th. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. ET

TV channel: TSN 4 (Canada)

Radio: TSN 1050 (Toronto)

Live stream: TSN GO, CTV GO, ESPN+