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Game thread: FT : Chicago Fire 1 - 2 Toronto FC

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We won!!!!!

MLS: Toronto FC at Chicago Fire Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

FT: CHI 1 - 2 TFC. Two words: Three Points

79’ Altidore for Vasquez, feels weird.

66’ Chris Mavinga subbed off for Nick Hagglund.

64’ GOAL! Jonathan Osario all alone in the net to earn his 7th goal across all competitions. nice pass from Delgado.

62’ GOAL! Nemanja Nikolic equalizes on a amazing volley from Raheem Edwards, off a free kick he earned himself on an earlier play.

47’ GOAL! Sebastian Giovinco gets amazing service from a Michael Bradley lob, cuts into the box, and does some Seba Things.

45’ - CHI 0 - 0 TFC - The most composed and confident I’ve seen TFC in ages. Also, lots of new haircuts!

1’ - Seeing Jozy back is kinda the best.

6:38PM - Line-ups released. Still doing backflips. We got Jozy. We got GdW. We got Mavinga. Noice...

Toronto FC are in Bridgeview, Illinois tonight for the first of their home-and-home series with the Chicago Fire. The sides first play at Toyota Park tonight, then they’ll meet again at BMO Field next week.

It’s an interesting bit of ‘fixture quirk’, as we are also playing a home-and-home series (with aggregate) against the Ottawa Fury in the semi’s of the Voyageurs Cup.

Chicago sit eighth in MLS’s Eastern Conference, with 23 points — seven ahead of TFC. Similarly to the Reds, they’re in bad form: they’ve lost their last three games.

A few members of the Chicago squad will be familiar to TFC fans. Of course there’s Nico Hasler, who was traded there yesterday. Then there’s Raheem Edwards, who was shipped to Chicago from Montreal earlier in the week. There’s former Red Alan Gordon as well, who scored a late equalizer at BMO Field last time these teams met.

The Reds are coming off a much needed win in Ottawa, which may have been a nice change of pace for them. They desperately need three points from this MLS game, though, and they haven’t managed to put consecutive wins in a row yet this season. They’ve done well in Chicago before, can they continue that form?

Note: WTR’s community manager, Jeffrey P. Nesker, will be taking over gameday duties this evening while I’m out of town.

Jeff’s Note: That’s right, Charles in Charge, and my first salvo of what should be a fun (?) day figuring out my multi-tasking SM kung-fu begins with this not at all tongue-in-cheek song selection:

Team news: injuries & suspensions

Toronto FC: Drew Moor, Auro, Jason Hernandez, and Victor Vazquez are all pretty much ruled out. However, we know that Chris Mavinga is nearing a return, and Jozy Altidore has an outside chance at being included in the squad as he is apparently ready to work himself back into the lineup.

Chicago Fire: The list is long. Defenders Matt Polster (MCL) and Grant Lillard (quad) will miss out, as will midfielder Djordje Mihailovic (ACL), forward Michael de Leeuw (ACL), and backup goalkeeper Patrick McLain (hamstring). Also listed as questionable: Luis Solignac (quad), Kevin Ellis (calf), and Rafael Ramos (ankle).

Drew Conner is also suspended for the red card he received against FC Dallas last weekend.

How to watch:

Match date/time: Saturday, July 21, 7 p.m.
TV channel: TSN 1 & 4
Live stream: TSN GO, ESPN+
Radio: TSN 1050