Sunday, August 21, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Fire 2, Toronto FC 0
By Charlie Corr
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Here is a quick look at the Chicago Fire's 2-0 victory against Toronto FC on Sunday at Toyota Park:
How it happened: Fire forward Dominic Oduro tallied his team-leading eighth goal in the 16th minute off of a Gonzalo Segares assist from the left side to gain an early 1-0 lead. The Fire took a 2-0 lead in the 69th minute when Dan Gargan headed home a goal against his former Toronto squad. Pavel Pardo took the corner kick from the left side, the ball bounced in the box, and Gargan was there to head the ball into the net.
What it means: The Fire earned their first victory since a 1-0 road win against the Columbus Crew on June 12. Chicago also notched its first home win under interim head coach Frank Klopas. The Fire's only other win at Toyota Park came during their home opener on March 26 against Sporting Kansas City. The Fire improved to 3-7-15 (24 points) and moved out of last place in the Eastern Conference. Toronto now shares last place with the New England Revolution with a 4-12-11 record and 23 points.
Outside the box: Fire midfielder Sebastian Grazzini nearly played in his first full match in a Fire uniform, coming out in the 89th minute for Cristian Nazarit. Grazzini had averaged 65 minutes per game heading into Sunday's match. Grazzini did not exactly have his best game, with the only significant play being a good setup for Patrick Nyarko in the 63rd minute. But Toronto blocked Nyarko's attempt in the box.
Up next: The Fire host the Colorado Rapids at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Toyota Park, then return to Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play on Aug. 30 when they host the USL Pro's Richmond Kickers. The opening kick for that Open Cup semifinal match is at 7:30 p.m.