Toronto FC edged the Chicago Fire on Saturday in a clash of MLS Eastern Conference contenders, as the league-leading Reds rode goals from Marky Delgado, Nicolas Hasler and a late clincher from Sebastian Giovinco to victory in front of a vibrant sellout crowd at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. 

In what might prove to be a preview of postseason fireworks, David Accam scored to keep the hosts in contention in an intense, evenly-matched affair that pulsated from start to finish. But TFC's quality proved too much for the Fire, who have now lost three straight to fall off the Supporters' Shield pace set by Toronto.


  • 14' – TOR – Marky Delgado Watch
  • 54' – CHI – David Accam Watch
  • 63' – TOR – Nicolas Hasler Watch
  • 90' – TOR – Sebastian Giovinco Watch

Three Things

  • BARNBURNER IN BRIDGEVIEW: "If you build it, they will come." The baseball classic "Field of Dreams" was set in rural Iowa, a few hours west of Toyota Park, and the movie's central line came to mind on Saturday as the Fire welcomed the biggest regular-season crowd in their home ground's history. Chicago have finally built a title contender and the fans are flocking to watch, and support loudly. Though TFC won this game, the Fire can look forward to a strong home-field advantage in the months to come. 

    : Though their opponents often get extra hyped to face them, TFC just keep conquering every challenge. Greg Vanney's Reds have produced one statement game after another this season and Saturday's was the latest, as they controlled possession and tempo against a worthy East rival. With just three league losses to date, they're now chasing history, while the rest of MLS chases them.

    They are now 6W-4L-3D across all competitions after Alex Covelo took over for Almeyda, under whom they’d started the year 0W-4L-3D. The big changes have been that 1) Covelo plays a 4-2-3-1 pretty much every game out, and 2) he plays practically everyone in their best spots, and 3) he has completely scrapped Almeyda’s insane man-marking scheme.

    Often, simpler is better. It certainly has been for San Jose, though for the Fire it’s starting to feel like every single week brings a new reason to go back to the drawing board.

    Chicago Fire 1, Toronto FC 3 | 2017 MLS Match Recap -

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