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Toronto FC 3-0 Chicago Fire: The good, the bad & the ugly

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That was fun. Now keep going.

MLS: Chicago Fire at Toronto FC Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

Two MLS wins on the trot. Last time we could say that was October 2017... a patient and boring first half. TFC has gotten themselves behind the eight-ball too many times this season trying too hard for that first goal (but, see “bad” section below)... Chris Mavinga was money all game long. He almost scored, too... Eriq Zavaleta had a whale of a game. I thought that Nick Hagglund should have started. But, Coach Vanney was right (again)... Nemanja Nikolic forgot that there was a game on Saturday... Jozy’s ringing boot. For a moment, it seemed like he was going to throw it into the crowd — like Random Task from Austin Powers. Glad that he didn’t. “Honestly, who throws a shoe?”... speaking of oldies but goodies, not even Alan “Flash” Gordon could save the day for Chicago... Marky Delgado had another strong performance. Did you see that header just before Jozy’s goal?... sharing a laugh with Terry Dunfield over that crack about his tie in last week’s G, B & U. Terry is a good dude. A really good dude. And not just because he didn’t level me with a shot to the jaw... I still like Oso’s head-rubbing goal celebration... TFC’s formation needed a change and “Vanney the Wizard” waved his wand at just the right time. As Greg explained at the Coaches’ Open House on Sunday, the formation change was made to start the second half so that Fire coach Veljko Paunovic did not have time to think about counter tactics at halftime... Sebastian Giovinco was relentless and passionate... Vic Rauter looked extra spiffy. Did you catch his natty attire?

MLS: Chicago Fire at Toronto FC Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Bad

A patient and boring first half. Any slower and the medical staff would have had to defibrillate the stadium itself... Seba smashing his foot into the ad board. Could have been a broken foot for a really stupid reason. Question: would he have done that if he was wearing sneakers? Seba loves sneakers. See the spread in Hello! magazine... playing Ashtone on the right while Nico Hasler paraded around in Chicago grey... speaking of Nico, don’t they have barbers in Chicago?... Steven Caldwell trying to convince the audience that Raheem Edwards did not foul Oso... the wall for Seba’s 94th minute free kick was not ten yards back... the Ball Kids in the south-east corner repeatedly vying for camera time.

MLS: Chicago Fire at Toronto FC Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Ugly

Schweini chirping VV all night long. Glad that Victor didn’t back down. Not once!... too much talk that “we are alright.” We’re not. Bez needs to strengthen the roster and the transfer window is closing fast. TFC is still only a couple of injuries away from a return to days of failure past. Injuries can happen for any number of silly reasons (see Seba, above)... Diego Campos’ tattoos... the pitch is already starting to look a little worse for wear in spots. Sandy divots and scorched seams need immediate attention... speaking of plant life at BMO Field, the dying bushes and weed infested areas outside Gates 3, 4 and 5 that were once ornamental mini-gardens need serious attention. Both on and off the pitch, it’s the details that matter.