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The good, the bad & the ugly: Toronto FC 3-1 Chicago Fire

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A committed couch potato’s view of victory over Bastian Schweinsteiger and Co.

MLS: Chicago Fire at Toronto FC John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

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TFC won… TFC won at home… Sebastian Giovinco’s free-kick. Early season favourite for set-piece goal of the year… the Reds’ 18 shots on goal, nine of which were on target. It’s about time that our boys started shooting from everywhere… Michael Bradley’s tireless play. I lost count of the number of times that he disrupted Chicago’s flow through midfield… Victor Vazquez’s creativity. He is now on a three-game assist streak… two defenders (Justin Morrow and Eriq Zavaleta) combining on TFC’s second goal… Bastian Schweinsteiger saluting the crowd after the anthems… Raheem Edwards’ improved play off the ball… Jay Chapman’s 24 minutes on the field. Prior to last night, he went 20 consecutive games as an unused sub… TSN attempting to improve the quality of their half-time entertainment with an in-depth player interview. Still have a bit of work to do, though… Zavaleta’s one-on-one defending against Schweinsteiger in the second half… Nick Hagglund. Second strong performance in place or Mr. Moor… the offside flag against Nemanja Nikolic in the second minute. Love that sideline official!

The Bad

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Friday night games. After a full week of work and school, these tussles on a cold, Friday night make a tired, old man (me) and his family even more tired. The soccer purist in me says that TFC needs to bring back more weekend afternoon games next season… Chicago did not play as well as they have over their previous two starts. It would have been an even better match if both clubs were performing at their best… no saves for Alex Bono. Not faulting him on Chicago’s goal, but why was he so far out of position?… Steven Caldwell got it wrong. Johan Kappelhof’s shoulder-check on Giovinco was a foul… the pork belly banh mi sandwiches at BMO. I should have stuck with what I know.

The Ugly

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The lack of flow through the first 20 minutes. Seemed like one whistle after another… TFC ball-watching while David Accam deposited the ball in the back of their net… Giovinco’s tantrums. They are childish and unprofessional. Acting like a brat is not the same as playing with passion. Furthermore, it would have been nice if he acknowledged his legion of cheering fans, rather than assaulting the security rope pillar… Jozy Altidore’s left-footed miss in the 76th minute… Greg Vanney’s rain-drop shirt. Looked like a Whitecaps jersey, but if it brings us a win every time, I’m all for it.