Gonzalo Segares

Segares’ goal vs. Toronto timely for many reason

There’s something to be said for a timely goal.

Dominic Oduro’s strike 25 seconds into Saturday’s win at Toronto helped to silence the home crowd and give a boost to the 70-some Fire supporters tucked away in the opposite corner of BMO Field.

Toronto did well to contain the pressure following the early goal before capitalizing through striker Reggie Lambe in the 36th and 40th minutes.

Enter Gonzalo Segares and his flying finish off Sebastian Grazzini’s free kick a minute later which left the Costa Rican international admitting how important the opportunity was.

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“It came just at the right time,” said Segares. “I think we had momentum for the first 30-35 minutes and they started coming at us and got that second goal right away. I think the goal helped us bring the momentum

back heading into halftime and in the second half Patrick [Nyarko] scored again relatively early.”

Having tallied a goal in each of his first five seasons with the Fire (2005-09), the Costa Rican international’s last came almost three years to the day of Saturday’s, scoring an 88th minute equalizer in a 2-2 draw at Columbus on April 25, 2009.

Though he’s proven a viable option up the left flank over his time in Chicago, Segares lamented the fact that it’s taken three years to find the back of the net again. The eight-year Fire veteran specifically recalled breakaway chances last season he failed to convert home to LA (April 17) and away to Colorado (April 30).

“You never know when those opportunities are going to arise. They still bother me but as a defender you don’t visualize yourself in those positions – I definitely would like to have some chances back. On this one, I’d just say I’m glad I didn’t hit the keeper or put it out of bounds.”

With nine goals and 12 assists across his 152 MLS appearances, Segares sits second all-time amongst the club’s defenders in both categories behind only Lubos Kubik (15 goals and 22 assists). He admits he’d like to add more to his totals.

“It’s always good to help the team wherever you can. I like going forward and I want to gain more in the attack so finishing is something I need to keep working on.”