Toronto FC Continue Their Winning Ways
Chicago Fire (0) Toronto FC (3) Final
Saturday, July 28, 2018
TORONTO—'The Atomic Ant’ Sebastian Giovinco was a man on a mission in Saturday night’s game against the Chicago Fire. After missing glorious opportunities throughout the game including hitting the post, crossbar, and missing the net, luck was finally on his side in the second half as he scored the game winner in the 88th minute to give Toronto FC the 3-0 win. Coach Greg Vanney joked post-game that Giovinco “hit every single bar today that there was. Hopefully he doesn't hit too many tonight.'
Toronto FC’s hard work paid off early in the second half when Jozy Altidore scored after a scramble on Chicago’s goal line led to him being open for the goal, putting Toronto ahead 1-0. Twenty-minutes later, Toronto’s Victor Vazquez made an incredible lob pass to Sebastian Giovinco, who then made an equally impressive cross of his own to Jonathan Osorio for the tap in, giving Toronto FC the 2-0 lead.
Chris Mavinga also had a strong game in tonight’s win. The 27-year-old defender was playing in only his third game since returning from injury and looked as though he hadn’t missed a beat. He was strong on the back-line and a key contributor in TFC maintaining the clean-sheet.
Toronto controlled the pace and possession (59.4 %) for the majority of the first half and had plenty of goal scoring opportunities. In the 10th minute, Victor Vazquez made a brilliant pass to Justin Morrow, who then sent Ashtone Morgan, but couldn’t convert on the goal scoring opportunity.
Chicago Fire's best goal scoring opportunity came in the 36th minute, when midfielder Brandt Bronico found an opening and a got-off a powerful shot on goal, but was denied by TFC goalkeeper Alex Bono.
Toronto are still alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race as they’ve now won three straight, which includes their mid-week Canadian Championship victory over the Ottawa Fury. The back-to-back victories over Chicago are huge for Toronto because it puts them 1-point back of Chicago, and closer to that sixth and final playoff spot with 13-games remaining.
Toronto FC will look to continue their winning streak when they take on 1st place Atlanta United next Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
– TOR Jozy Altidore 51‘
– TOR Jonathan Osorio 71’
– TOR Sebastian Giovinco 88’
– Bronico 13’ (Caution)
– Giovinco 41’ (Caution)
– Bradley 62’ (Caution)
- 45’ TOR Marky Delgado in for Ashton Morgan
- 56’ CHI Mohammed Adams in for Brandt Bronico
- 64’ CHI Luis Solignac in for Diego Campos
- 79’ CHI Alan Gordan in for Aleksandar Katai
- 80’ TOR Ayo Akinola in for Jozy Altodore
- 82’ TOR Nick Hagglund in for Victor Vazquez
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