MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Toronto FC
Toronto, with the joint-worst record in the league, heads to the Windy City in search of a first-ever win in Chicago.
By Zac Lee Rigg
|Chicago Fire (4-2-3-1): Johnson; Gargan, Berry, Friedrich, Segares; Pardo, Pause; Rolfe, Alex, Nyarko; Oduro.
OUT: DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair)
DOUBTFUL: DF Steven Kinney (R adductor strain)
|Toronto FC (4-4-2): Kocic; Henry, Emory, Eckersley, Morgan; Lambe, Frings, Dunfield, Silva; Wiedeman, Johnson.
OUT: GK Stefan Frei (L lower leg); FW Danny Koevermans (L knee ACL tear)
QUESTIONABLE: FW Eric Hassli (R ankle sprain)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Toronto has never won in the Windy City. Chicago has posted two wins and three draws at home against the Reds.
- TFC has conceded first 16 times this year, an MLS high. Of those games, Toronto lost 12, won two and drew two. The Fire have the second-best winning percentage when scoring first in MLS. Their record is 6-0-1, or .929.
- The Houston Dynamo nabbed a 2-0 win in Toronto last week, snapping a three-game winning streak by TFC. Toronto rebounded to thrash El Salvador’s CD Aguila 5-1 at home in the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday.
- Four players could incur a suspension with a booking in this match: Dan Gargan, Gonzalo Segares, Richard Eckersley and Ashtone Morgan.
- Chicago has only scored twice in the last five games, but still come away with five points, posting a 1-2-2 record. It is fifth in the Eastern Conference with 32 points. Toronto remains in last, tied with the Portland Timbers on 19 points.
Top 3 Predictions
Chicago Fire 2-0 Toronto FC
- 15.39 %
Chicago Fire 3-0 Toronto FC
- 15.39 %
Chicago Fire 0-2 Toronto FC
- 15.39 %
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Sep 12, 2012||Toronto FC 1 - Chicago Fire 2|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Aug 4, 2012||Chicago Fire 2 - Toronto FC 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Apr 21, 2012||Toronto FC 2 - Chicago Fire 3|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Aug 21, 2011||Chicago Fire 2 - Toronto FC 0|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||May 14, 2011||Toronto FC 2 - Chicago Fire 2|
|May 18, 2013||Philadelphia Union 1 - Chicago Fire 0||MLS|
|May 11, 2013||Chicago Fire 0 - Philadelphia Union 1||MLS|
|Apr 27, 2013||Montreal Impact 2 - Chicago Fire 0||MLS|
|Apr 20, 2013||Chicago Fire 1 - Columbus Crew 0||MLS|
|Apr 14, 2013||Houston Dynamo 2 - Chicago Fire 1||MLS|
|-||Frederick Michael George Hall||Goalkeeper|
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