BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (Aug. 19, 2017) – The Chicago Fire fell 3-1 against MLS Supporters’ Shield leaders Toronto FC on Saturday at Toyota Park, snapping Chicago’s club record nine-game home winning streak.
The match drew the largest crowd for a Fire regular-season game in Toyota Park history with 21,891 in attendance. The Fire rallied to tie the game at 1-1 early in the second half after Toronto FC led at the break. However, the defending Eastern Conference champions found the eventual game-winner 9 minutes later and added insurance with a 90th-minute strike from Sebastian Giovinco.
Toronto opened their account 14 minutes into the match. Nicolas Hasler crushed a shot into Fire goalkeeper Matt Lampson’s chest, and Marky Delgado pounced on the ensuing loose ball for his third goal of the season.
The Fire found their equalizer shortly after halftime. Dax McCarty laid a pass off to Bastian Schweinsteiger near the top of the box. The German midfielder blasted his shot off the post, and the ricochet deflected off of David Accam into the net. The goal was Accam’s 13th of the season.
Hasler headed in the game-winner from a Victor Vazquez cross in the 63rd minute, and Giovinco tacked on one more on a breakaway give-and-go with Tosaint Ricketts.
The Fire are back at home for their next match, a date with expansion side Minnesota United FC on Saturday, Aug. 26. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. CT on CSN Chicago and Univision Chicago 1200AM.
MLS Regular Season
Chicago Fire (12-8-6, 41 pts.) 1:3 Toronto FC (14-3-8, 50 points)
Aug. 19, 2017 – Toyota Park
TOR – Marky Delgado (unassisted) 14’
CHI – David Accam (unassisted) 54’
TOR – Nicolas Hasler (Victor Vazquez) 63’
TOR – Sebastian Giovinco (Tosaint Ricketts) 90’
TOR – Michael Bradley (caution) 5’
TOR – Eriq Zavaleta (caution) 75’
Chicago Fire: Matt Lampson; Drew Conner, Johan Kappelhof, Christian Dean, Patrick Doody; Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dax McCarty, Juninho © (Djordje Mihailovic 65’); Michael de Leeuw (Luis Solignac 59’), Nemanja Nikolic (Arturo Alvarez 82’), David Accam.
Subs not used: Stefan Cleveland, Michael Harrington, Jonathan Campbell, David Arshakyan.
Shots: 15; Shots On-Goal: 7; Saves: 5; Fouls: 6; Corners: 2; Offsides: 5
Toronto FC: Alexander Bono; Eriq Zavaleta, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga; Nicolas Hasler (Steven Beitashour 77’), Marky Delgado, Michael Bradley ©, Victor Vazquez (Jonathan Osorio 75’), Justin Morrow; Jozy Altidore (Tosaint Ricketts 80’), Sebastian Giovinco.
Subs not used: Clint Irwin, Jason Hernandez, Jay Chapman, Raheem Edwards.
Shots: 18; Shots On-Goal: 9; Saves: 6; Fouls: 7; Corners: 1; Offsides: 4