Toronto FC trounce Fire 3-0

A second consecutive loss to Toronto FC, and fifth in a row in league play places the Fire on the verge of having their postseason hopes washed away. The 3-0 defeat in Canada drops the Fire to 6-12-5 on the season and five points out of sixth place with other competitors holding as many as two games in hand.

The Fire played another competitive first 45 minutes against the defending MLS Cup champions but fell apart in the second half with Toronto gobbling up possession and chances. Jozy Altidore scored in the 52nd minute, Jonathan Osorio in the 72nd, and Sebastian Giovinco in the 89th and the scoreline could have been worse.

None of the Fire's three shots on target in seven attempts were dangerous while Toronto hit the crossbar and the post in other near misses sprinkled throughout their twenty attempts. The Fire still have major issues defensively that won't be solved with the addition of just Nicolas del Grecco. Offensively, they continue to struggle from the run of play with an over reliance on Aleksandar Katai.

The transfer window closes on August 8, which is coincidentally the date of the US Open Cup semifinal in Philadelphia. Hopes for any recovery in 2018 could end then without more help and another Cup win.

Fire lineup and ratings

GK Richard Sanchez (4.5)

D Kevin Ellis (4)

D Johan Kappelhof (4.5)

D Brandon Vincent (4)

D Raheem Edwards (5.5)

M Brandt Bronico (5)

M Bastian Schweinsteiger (5.5)

M Nicolas Hasler (5)

M Aleksandar Katai (5)

M Diego Campos (4.5)

F Nemanja Nikolic (5)

M Mo Adams (5)

M Luis Solignac (5)

F Alan Gordon (5)

Subs not used: Cleveland, Ramos, Tchani, Campbell

Filed under: 2018 regular season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • 4.5 for Sanchez? Overly generous. His inability to catch the ball leading up to the first goal was yet another example of his lack of GK fundamentals. Every week, we see these basic errors over and over.

  • Saturday night may have been the last straw for me. The Fire were unprepared and frankly a joke. Sanchez is so bad. I cannot even find the words. The backline looks like it doesn't even care. Is there any hint as to whether the Pauno has lost the players? Do they have any confidence in the system? Is there a system? I cannot for the life me understand why Joe Mansueto bought a minority interest in this team. What was he thinking?

  • One of the benefits, or drawbacks as the case may be, of paying the $4.99 per month for ESPN+ is you get to see the other MLS games and there seem to be actually a couple teams as bad as the Fire, if not worse, like Colorado. But even lousy teams like San Jose or Orlando seem to have more punch and better players overall. This team is quite below the average, and continuing to play Vincent, Mo Adams, and Sanchez is a sign that they are at the bottom of the barrel. I do think the easiest thing would have been to find a competent goalkeeper so I am puzzled why McClain is still out as it didn't seem he was injured that badly. And Solignac is bad and Nikolic is slow - they really need DeLeeuw back right away.

  • In reply to Dstep:

    And Matthew Ryan Polster!

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