Summary Toronto FC 3-2 Chicago Fire in 2016 MLS

Summary Toronto FC 3-2 Chicago Fire in 2016 MLS
Toronto FC
3 2
Chicago Fire
Toronto FC: Irwin; Zavaleta, Moor, Hagglund; Beitashour, Cooper (Johnson, min. 67), Bradley, Osorio (Cheyrou, min. 67), Morrow; Altidore (Ricketts, min. 61), Giovinco.
Chicago Fire: McLain; Rodrigo Ramos, Campbell, Meira, Vincent; Thiam, Polster (Goossens, min. 38); Alvarez (Calistri, min. 81), de Leeuw, Accam; Arshakyan (Cociș, min. 70).
SCORE: 0-1, min. 18, de Leeuw. 1-1, min. 45, Giovinco. 2-1, min. 54, Morrow. 3-1, min. 62, Osorio. 3-2, min. 83, Goossens.
REFEREE: Fotis Bazakos (USA). Yellow Card: Zavaleta (min. 45'+2).

Full-Time: Toronto FC 3-2 Chicago Fire

90'+2 Goossens plays the ball into the box and it drops for Thiam but the midfielder sends his effort wide as he shoots while falling.

90+1' McLain comes for the corner but it eventually ends up in Irwin's hands.

90' Accam is in again and Hagglund has to be quick to kick the ball out for a corner.

89' Johnson strides forward and tries to release Ricketts but he's offside and play is called back.

88' Giovinco bursts through and tries to cut it back for Morrow but Vincent makes an excellent goal line clearance.

Toronto FC 3-2 Chicago Fire

Vincent gets forward again and puts in a good delivery. Zavaleta doesn't clear it well and it falls to Goossens who puts it away well.

83' GOAL! Chicago claw one back.

81' SUBSTITUTION: Joey Calistri comes in for Alvarez.

Alvarez finds de Leeuw at the near post but he head it well over.

80' Beitashour concedes a free-kick in a good area for Chicago.

77' Giovinco sends in an out-swinging corner which finds Moor but he can't react quickly enough and sends his effort over the crossbar.

73' CHANCE! Chicago break quickly and de Leeuw finds Accam in the box. Irwin makes a big save with his hand and keeps the score at 3-1 to Toronto.

70' SUBSTITUTION: Răzvan Cociș comes in for Arshakyan.

69' Accam gets into the box but Hagglund is quick to stop the danger.

68' TFC get forward again and after being seemingly brought down in the box, Giovinco gets up quickly and passes to Johnson who's shot is blocked.

67' SUBSTITUTION: Benoit Cheyrou comes in for Osorio and Will Johnson subs in for Cooper.

65' Khaly Thiam tries to find the run of de Leeuw but it rolls straight to Irwin.

63' The ball is played over the top for Ricketts but it's too long and McLain picks up the ball.

Toronto FC 3-1 Chicago Fire

The ball gets to Cooper  who slides it to Osorio. He nutmegs his marker and rounds the goalkeeper before placing it into the net.

62' GOAL! Osorio puts TFC 3-1 up!

62' Toronto get forward again and Cooper fires it straight at McLain.

61' SUBSTITUTION: Tossaint Ricketts  comes in for Altidore

60' Giovinco tries to spring Altidore with a ball over the top but he's called back for offside.

Toronto FC 2-1 Chicago Fire

Bradley picks out Giovinco with a ball from midfield. Giovinco brings it down and  finds enough space to find Morrow in the box. The left back makes no mistake and heads it in from three yards out.

54' GOAL! Toronto FC take the lead.

52' CHANCE! Beitashour steals the ball away from Accam and finds Cooper who slips it to Altidore. The US striker fires across goal and Giovinco is inches away from turning it in.

50' The ball finds Accam on the other end and he lays it of for Arkashyan but his shot is blocked and cleared away by Hagglund.

50' Cooper finds Giovinco this time breaking into the box but again the pass is just too long and McLain can collect the ball easily.

49' Altidore finds Osorio breaking into the box. He turns his marker but the ball is nicked off of him before he can shoot on goal and it hends up in McLain's hands.

46' The second half has began.

Toronto FC 1-1 Chicago Fire

Half-Time: After giving away the lead early to the Fire, TFC found their way back into the game when Meira fouled Giovinco and conceded the penalty. Still all to play for at BMO Field.

45+3' Beitashour gets forward again and wins a corner in the last few seconds of time added on. Nothing comes of it.

45+2' YELLOW CARD: Eric Zavaleta pulls Accam back just as he was breaking and the defender gets the first yellow of the game.

Toronto FC  1-1 Chicago Fire

McLain guessed the right way but Giovinco placed his shot well and the game is all level right at the end of the first half.

45' GOAL! Giovinco converts the penalty.

Morrow got to the byline and found Beitashour at the far post. The right back then laid it off to Giovinco who was brought down in the box.

44' PENALTY! The referee has awarded a penalty to TFC.

42' Brandon Vincent gets forward and puts in a cross that is half-cleared by Hagglund. Alvarez gets the ball and passes it too Accam who's touch lets him down and TFC clear.

41' TFC break through Bradley who finds Giovinco out wide. Giovinco chooses the wrong option and goes for goal when Osorio was open. His shot is blocked and Chicago head the other way.

38' SUBSTITUTION: John Goossens comes in for the injured Polster.

36' Polster is down and may have to come off.

34' Accam uses his pace to beat two TFC defenders and then sends in a lobbed cross towards Alvarez who skies his volley over the goal.

29' McLain drops the ball as he comes out to catch it but his defenders recover quickly and kick the ball away. Now McLain is down injured and play has stopped.

28' Toronto have not stopped trying to pick their way past Chicago's back line but so far, they have had no luck.

27' Alvarez tries to pick out David Arshakyan at the far post but his pass is too high for the tall Chicago forward.

25' Rodrigo Ramos ​tries his luck from a long way out but it goes wide of Irwin's post.

24' Giovinco sends in the corner which McLain does well to punch away. Bradley picks up the ball outside of the box but his shot is deflected out for a goal-kick off of Osorio.

23' Giovinco brings the ball down well in the area and goes down looking for a penalty but the referee, Fotis Bazakos, waves it away.

22' Matt Polster gets forward but his square ball goes by the TFC goal and no one is able to get a touch on it.

21' CHANCE! Bradley sends in the resulting corner which Drew Moor tries to score from but his shot is blocked. McLain then saves well again after Giovinco tries to turn the rebound in.

20' CHANCE! Beitashour gets to the byline and finds Giovinco who's shot is saved well by McLain.

Toronto FC 0-1 Chicago Fire.

Michael de Leeuw finds Alvarez  and Alvarez slips in de Leeuw who had continued his run. The midfielder fires through Irwin's legs to give Chicago the lead.

18' GOAL! Chicago Fire take a shock lead!

17' Osorio and Armando Cooper try the 1-2 but Osorio's pass is intercepted by Meira and the Fire clear their lines.

15' A quick pass finds Giovinco who thinks he's through but he's called back after the linesman raises his flag for offside.

14' The ball goes in from Alvarez and Nick Hagglund gets his head to the ball first and clears it.

13' Chicago win a free-kick near the halfway line and Arturo Alvarez takes it.

12' Bradley plays it short to Giovinco and the Italian powers it towards goal but it goes just wide.

12' João Meira fouls Giovinco again and Bradley steps up to take the free-kick.

11' A long ball is played for Accam to chase but he's called offside.

10' CHANCE! The ball quickly gets forward and Osorio slips Giovinco in but he sends his shot wide.

10' A sloppy pass allows David Accam to race towards the ball but Clint Irwin comes out quickly and gets the ball at Accam's feet.

9' Chicago try and press high up the field but Toronto deal with the pressure well and clear the ball up field.

7' Bradley picks out Steven Beitashour who's gotten forward but again the pass is just too long.

6' Michael Bradley sends in a corner-kick that is eventually cleared by the Fire and it does not trouble McLain's goal too much.

5' Toronto continue to probe forward and again the quick pass rolls just too far ahead of Morrow.

4' Justin MorrowJozy Altidore and Giovinco combine to try and play Jonathan Osorio in but the lay off from Giovinco is just too far and Fire goalkeeper Patrick McLain collects.

2' Giovinco bends the free-kick well and it goes just wide of the goal.

1' Sebastian Giovinco wins a free-kick outside of the box. An early opportunity for TFC here.

1' And we're underway!

Kick-off is minutes away here on a chilly Sunday afternoon in Toronto.

Chicago Fire: McLain; Rodrigo Ramos, Campbell, Meira, Vincent; Thiam, Polster; Alvarez, de Leeuw, Accam; Arshakyan. (4-2-3-1)

Toronto FC: Irwin; Zavaleta, Moor, Hagglund; Beitashour, Cooper, Bradley, Osorio, Morrow; Altidore, Giovinco. (3-5-2)

Good afternoon everyone and welcome the 2016 MLS Decision Day! I'm Kudzi Musarurwa and today we will be looking at Toronto FC at home against the Chicago Fire on the last weekend of the regular season. The starting line ups are in and are as follows:

Toronto FC 2, Chicago Fire 0.

Prediction: Although Greg Vanney may look to rest some players as he looks ahead to the playoffs, his team cannot afford to keep this poor run of form going with another draw on Sunday. Vanney will encourage whoever he sets up to start to push for the win and give Toronto FC some belief as they enter the post-season. The Fire may have one their last game but there is not much that can seemingly push them to three points in Toronto even though they will be playing for pure pride alone. Expect Toronto FC to pick up three points here and finish the regular season off on a high note against the Fire.

The head coach for Toronto FC is Greg Vanney. His opponent on the day will be Veljko Paunović who will be in the dugout for the Chicago Fire.

Johnson; Kappelhof, Campbell, Meira, Vincent; Alvarez, Polster, Thiam, Accam; de Leeuw, Solignac.

Projected Lineup: Chicago Fire (4-4-2).

Irwin; Beitashour, Zavaleta, Moor, Morrow; Bradley; Delgado, Cooper; Osorio; Altidore, Giovinco.

Projected Lineup: Toronto FC (4-4-2 Diamond).

Here is the projected lineup for both Toronto FC and the Chicago Fire.

The officiating crew for this match is led by center official Fotis Bazakos. Assisting Bazakos on one side of the field will be Brian Poeschel, while Daniel Belleau will be on the opposite side of the field. The fourth official is listed as Silviu Petrescu

The match will be played at BMO Field in Toronto, Canada and kick-off is scheduled for 4:00PM EST.

In two previous meeting between these two teams, Toronto FC has come away with two wins, a 1-0 win at home and a 2-1 win in Chicago respectively. Not many believe that the result will be any different this time around.

The other notable player to lookout for within the Fire will be Arturo Alvarez. Alvarez has been the key cog for the Fire this season, picking up eight assists and five goals as the season has progressed. In order for Accam to shine, Alvarez will need to be at his best and given enough time and space, he will punish any team. Both Accam and Alvarez are the danger men for the Fire and their fans will be hoping that they have a good outing against a strong TFC side away from home to give them some hope for what their team could do next season.

If anyone can help the Fire win on Sunday, it will be Ghanaian midfielder David Accam. So far this season, he has managed nine goals and five assists and has been one of the more prolific goal scorers for the Fire. His performances have not gone unnoticed, with rumors of teams in the MLS and abroad looking to potentially sign his services for the next season. Until then, the Fire will need him to be at his very best to trouble a sometimes fragile TFC back line.

The away side, Chicago Fire, sit bottom of the Eastern conference standings and will not be featuring in the playoffs this season. With 31 points, they have the worst record in the entire league which has been largely due to their inability to score and to keep their opponents from scoring themselves. The Fire will come into this match with some confidence after their 2-1 win over New England Revolution last time out but Toronto FC is an entirely different prospect to the Revolution.

During Giovinco's absence, the responsibility of creating and scoring goals has fallen onto the shoulders of US international Jozy Altidore. After a slow start to the season and then missing a large chunk of it through injury, Altidore seems to be reaching his best again which will delight both TFC and any US fans out there waiting for his return to full form. Altidore to date, has ten goals and five assists this season and if anyone will benefit from the return of Giovinco, it will certainly be his strike partner Altidore.

The big news this weekend for TFC will be the return of star player Sebastian Giovinco. Not much is known of exactly how many minutes he will get after his return from injury but his team has definitely missed his presence. Giovinco has been in scintillating form for TFC and has managed to bag 16 goals and 14 assists before he went down with injury in late August. Even when he does not get his name on the score sheet, his ability is well-known and forces other teams to adjust their defensive tactics to stop him. This frees up space for Giovinco's teammates to then capitalize on this and maybe find the back of the net for themselves. A goal for him this weekend will only bode well for Toronto as they head into the playoffs.

The home side today, Toronto FC, come into this match with their playoff spot already secured. After a poor September by their own standards, Toronto FC dropped out of the MLS Supporters Shield race after only picking up one win in the six matches they played. That kind of form is not something that they will want to carry into the playoffs and a win against their opponents, in front of their home crowd, will boost the confidence of both the team and the fans alike.

Hello everyone and welcome to VAVEL USA's LIVE coverage of Major League Soccer! The last regular season game for both teams will be on this weekend as both Toronto FC and the Chicago Fire look to end on a high. My name is Kudzi Musarurwa and I will be your host in what should be a good battle on 'Decision Day' in the MLS.