The Fire fell to 6-11-5 on the season and 4-6-2 at home after a 2-1 defeat to Toronto FC. It was their fourth consecutive loss in league play with realistic playoff hopes quickly slipping away. Nemanja Nikolic scored the Fire's only goal by heading in a cross from newcomer Raheem Edwards in the 62nd minute.
The Fire quickly conceded the go ahead goal three minutes later. Richard Sanchez failed to close down Jonathan Osorio and pushed the ball back toward him while leaving the goal open. The TFC attacker converted the chance and the Fire failed to seriously threaten from there.
Sebastian Giovinco got behind the defense in the 47th minute for the game's first score.
You can watch Veljko Paunovic's full post game press conference here.
Sanchez; Ellis (Adams 73'), Kappelhof, Campbell, Corrales (Vincent 45); Bronico, Schweinsteiger, Campos (Solignac 52'); Edwards, Katai, Nikolic
Subs not used: Cleveland, Ramos, Gordon, Tchani