Second half substitutions brought an improvement after an unproductive first half, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 33rd consecutive match on the road without a win. The Fire were outplayed by a wide margin in the first half by a Toronto FC side missing several key players (Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Clint Irwin) and were fortunate to escape down only one goal.
Overall possession was better at 52-48 to the home side but the Fire were still outshot 25-11 and only managed two shots on goal.
"First of all congratulations to our players on a great effort. Especially in the second half, I think we had opportunities, we played well, and I thought we could tie the game," said Veljko Paunovic after the match. "I'm happy for them, and I'm happy about having the identity of playing hard until the end and trying to tie the game."
The Fire can only keep trying as the second anniversary of their last win on the road approaches on July 12.
GK Sean Johnson (5) - Five saves and a couple were good ones, like the diving stop on Jordan Hamilton in the 80th minute but still looked uncertain at times.
D Rodrigo Ramos (5.5) - Not a influential as he has been over the last few games but still one of the better players on the field for Chicago.
D Johan Kappelof (5) - Caught up a bit high as the midfield filed to close down space on the Toronto goal.
D Jonathan Campbell (6) - Credited with 5 blocked shots, the majority were in contesting Giovinco's 13 attempts. Cleared ball off the line in the 41st.
D Brandon Vincent (5) - Better than he has been in the last few weeks. Led all players with 4 interceptions.
M Micheal Stephens (4.5) - Made little impact. Zero effective connection between the Fire midfield and attackers.
M Joao Meira (4.5) - With Polster returning soon, it's not likely he'll see much starting time coming up. Completed 41/48 passes but there wasn't much help forward and Toronto found plenty of space in the first half. Did find Igboananike for a good chance in the 64th.
M Khaly Thiam (4.5) - Less effective in passing than Meira at 30/42. Hasn't shown much to suggest that the club has to pick up his buy option for 2017.
F John Goossens (5) - An early 8th minute shot on goal from distance right at Bono was one of the two Fire shots on target.
F Kennedy Igboananike (5) - Came closest to scoring on the team when his shot hit the crossbar in the 64th. Much more active in the second half.
F David Accam (5) - His shot after beating two defenders in the 55th minute as the Fire's only shot on goal in the second half. Toronto seemed to be prepared for him. A long blast to end the game was just wide of goal.
F Michael de Leeuw (5.5) - Made his Fire debut to start the second half as a replacement for Stephens. The Fire shifted to a 4-2-3-1 upon his insertion as the lead forward but he didn't see the ball much for a while. He did show how he can help the team by making two quality runs into space that led to chances. Although the first run resulted in a shot attempt that was off the mark, he narrowly missed getting his head on a cross to the near post in the 88th. He didn't figure into a score but showed reason to see some optimism in his acquisition.
M Arturo Alvarez (5) - Came on for Goossens in the 63rd. Provided the cross that almost found de Leeuw. One shot attempt was well high.
M Razvan Cocis (5) - Replaced Thiam in the 78th. Completed 10/12 pass attempts.