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Toronto FC 1-1 Colorado Rapids: Jay Chapman’s first MLS goal not enough

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The Reds paid the price for a tired, disjointed performance.

MLS: Colorado Rapids at Toronto FC Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC’s seven-match winning run in MLS at BMO Field came to an end in a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

Toronto started strongly against a Rapids side without a point on the road in MLS this season. Sebastian Giovinco peeled away to the left side of the box to receive a deflected through ball and after Tsubasa Endoh had been denied by Zac MacMath, Chapman nodded in the rebound.

The first half petered out from there though, and Toronto were lucky not to lose Chris Mavinga to a red card for a strong challenge in retaliation to a bodycheck on Raheem Edwards.

Benoit Cheyrou, however, would leave the game before the break, with the injured Frenchman replaced by Tosaint Ricketts.

The second half started much as the first had: with an excellent opportunity for Chapman to score. Unfortunately, this time the Canadian cleared the crossbar from close range.

The Rapids offered little going forward, but Toronto’s failure to make the game safe would eventually be punished. They escaped with a warning when Clint Irwin collected a dangerous free-kick into the box but the goalkeeper could not stop Dominique Badji’s shot from finding the bottom corner.

That shook the Reds from their slumber to an extent but they lacked the energy they usually possess for a late charge and Colorado - who, to their credit, defended well - held out for their first positive result of the campaign on their travels.