BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (July 21, 2018) – The Chicago Fire fell by a 2-1 score to defending MLS Cup champion Toronto FC Saturday at Toyota Park in an Eastern Conference matchup.
Sebastian Giovinco opened scoring for Toronto in the 47th minute with his right-footed shot from inside the box.
The Fire equalized in the 62nd after a clever set-piece goal. Aleksandar Katai’s free kick found Raheem Edwards on the far post. Making his first appearance for the Men In Red and facing his hometown club, Edwards headed it down for Nemanja Nikolić to volley into goal for his team-leading 10th league goal of the season.
The visitors regained the lead in the 65th minute courtesy of Jonathan Osorio’s strike.
The two sides face off again next week at BMO Field in Toronto on Saturday, July 28 at 6 p.m. CT (ESPN+/Univision Radio WRTO AM 1200). Coverage begins at 5:45 p.m. CT with a live pregame show on ESPN+ presented by CIBC.
Chicago Fire 1:2 Toronto FC
July 21, 2018 – Toyota Park
TOR – Sebastian Giovinco (Michael Bradley) 47’
CHI – Nemanja Nikolić (Raheem Edwards, Aleksandar Katai) 62’
TOR – Jonathan Osorio (unassisted) 65’
TOR – Chris Mavinga (caution) 41’
CHI – Jorge Corrales (caution) 45+1’
TOR – Justin Morrow (caution) 62’
Chicago Fire: Richard Sánchez; Kevin Ellis (Mo Adams 73’), Johan Kappelhof, Jonathan Campbell, Jorge Corrales (Brandon Vincent 45+2’); Bastian Schweinsteiger (C), Brandt Bronico; Raheem Edwards, Diego Campos (Luis Solignac 52’), Aleksandar Katai; Nemanja Nikolić
Subs not used: Stefan Cleveland; Rafael Ramos, Tony Tchani; Alan Gordan
Shots: 11; Shots On-Goal: 2; Fouls: 5; Saves: 4; Offsides: 3; Corners: 6
Toronto FC: Alex Bono, Eriq Zavaleta, Ashtone Morgan, Gregory van der Wiel, Justin Morrow, Marco Delgado, Jonathan Osorio, Michael Bradley (C), Chris Mavinga (Nick Hagglund 66’), Jozy Altidore (Victor Vazquez 80’), Sebastian Giovinco
Subs not used: Clint Irwin, Jay Chapman, Ryan Telfer, Jason Hernandez, Ayo Akinola
Shots: 10; Shots On-Goal: 6; Fouls: 9; Saves: 1; Offsides: 0; Corners: 7