Toronto FC 3-1 Chicago Fire: Toronto wins the battle of the basement dwellers

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The Chicago Fire returned to dropping methods on Sunday afternoon as they have been crushed by Toronto FC 3-1 at BMO Field.

Chicago truly took the lead on the afternoon when Robert Berić’s deflected strike flew previous the goalkeeper, however Toronto grabbed an equalizer proper earlier than the break by Marky Delgado. The hosts then took management within the second half, and objectives from Omar Gonzalez and Yeferson Soteldo proved to be sufficient for them to safe the win and all three factors. 

Story of the match

The away aspect opened the scoring after simply quarter-hour. A go from Fabian Herbers slipped by Robert Berić, who had his shot deflect off of Michael Bradley and into the again of the online.

Jacob Shaffelburg almost scored a screamer for Toronto, as his shot from distance appeared prefer it had an opportunity of flying into the highest nook. However, it ended up crusing only a bit over as a substitute.

The hosts have been awarded a penalty previous the hour mark after Jonathan Bornstein cleared the ball into his personal arm. They couldn’t capitalize on the present that was given to them, although, as Yeferson Soteldo’s weak try was simply saved by 17-year-old Gabriel Slonina.

Toronto would finally equalize moments earlier than the tip of the half. A cross from Shaffelburg picked out Marky Delgado on the sting of the realm, and his effort redirected off of Bornstein earlier than flying previous the goalkeeper and in.

They ought to have gone in entrance in stoppage time, to be honest. Bradley’s cross into the realm was excellent, however Shaffelburg hit his header proper into the grateful arms of Slonina.

It appeared like Toronto had taken the lead minutes into the beginning of the second half when Shaffelburg bought on the tip of a low cross on the backpost. The aim wouldn’t stand, although, because the sideline official’s flag appropriately went as much as sign for offside since a participant within the buildup had gone a bit early.

Shaffelburg was concerned as soon as once more a bit later. Flying ahead on the counter, he did nicely to create house and get a shot off on the proper wing, however Slonina denied him with a pleasant kick save.

The Canadian outfit’s continued strain finally paid off as they went in entrance following a nook. Taken brief to Soteldo, his ball into the field was a harmful one, and Omar Gonzalez ran onto it earlier than powering a header previous a comparatively helpless goalkeeper.

Gastón Giménez then virtually scored a aim of the season contender. His audacious effort from midfield was hit very nicely, however Alex Bono was in a position to get again in time to make the save.

That proved to be key since Toronto doubled their benefit within the blink of a watch with 20 minutes to go. Soteldo snuck in behind the opposing backline, and as soon as he bought the ball it was all however over, as he took a contact to settle himself earlier than he blasted a shot into the again of the online.

Chicago may’ve pulled one again when Berić picked up the ball within the space, however he simply couldn’t get his ft sorted, and his eventual try was blocked in consequence. He then transformed from shut vary afterward, however his strike was wiped off the board since he was offside.

Those proved to be the ultimate highlights of the competition, and Toronto was finally in a position to maintain on to the end result with ease.

Takeaways

I used to assume that Chicago ought to wait one other 12 months earlier than giving Gabriel Slonina the beginning spot, however it’s now clear that he needs to be the primary firstly of subsequent season. Sure, he did quit three on the day, however he wasn’t actually at fault for any of them. Will there be some rising pains? Of course. It’ll nonetheless be price it, although.

Speaking of kids, Toronto may need an actual gem in Jacob Shaffelburg. Constantly concerned going ahead, the 21-year-old was key within the remaining third for Toronto, doing a bit little bit of every little thing. He can shoot, go, and dribble, and all three of these traits have been on present this afternoon. His future is definitely vibrant.

Frank Klopas is unquestionably not the person for the full-time head teaching job, by the way in which. It doesn’t appear like the Fire plan on retaining him round in that place, after all, however some interim managers previously have ended up getting the everlasting job after impressing on a short lived foundation, like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. That received’t be occurring right here, although.

Man of the match – Omar Gonzalez

The matchwinner on the afternoon, Omar Gonzalez was in a position to show that he can nonetheless do a job at his age.

The 32-year-old put in a really stable shift, making an impression on either side of the pitch. He was key for Toronto defensively, as he anchored a backline that solely gave up one aim, which got here courtesy of a deflection. Then, going ahead, he scored his aspect’s second of the competition when he headed dwelling a nook within the early levels of the second half. That put them in entrance, they usually by no means appeared again.

Some could also be stunned to see Gonzalez that includes within the beginning lineup for an MLS workforce at this stage of his profession, but when this exhibiting was any indication, then he could be sticking round for a bit bit longer.