Orlando City SC 1, Toronto FC 3
Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore helped Toronto FC to register an impressive 3-1 win over Orlando City. The club and also earned three points in a wonderful bounce back performance.
TFC took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute on Altidore’s eighth goal of the season. Giovinco received the ball from Marky Delgado and curled toward goal before playing to his left where Altidore took a touch and buried a shot under Joe Bendik from 16 yards out.
Sebastian Giovinco entered the game with six goals in six games against Orlando City, which was tied for most a player has scored against the club. Add two more to that ridiculous total as the Italian struck twice in the second half to secure a big road win for TFC ahead of the Gold Cup break.
Carlos Rivas came off the substitute’s bench to pull the hosts within a goal in the 63rd minute, but Giovinco struck for a sensational free kick from 30 yards out to put TFC ahead, 3-1, just two minutes later. It was the ninth direct free kick goal of his MLS career.
- 18’ – TOR – Jozy Altidore
- 46’ – TOR – Sebastian Giovinco
- 63’ – ORL – Carlos Rivas
- 65’ – TOR – Sebastian Giovinco
- Orlando City SC with 29 points are at the 5th position in the Eastern Conference
- Toronto FC with 38 points are at the 2nd spot in the Eastern Conference
Portland Timbers 2, Chicago Fire 2
Fanendo Adi and Sebastián Blanco both scored as the Portland Timbers extended their unbeaten streak to three games with a 2-2 draw against the Chicago Fire on Thursday morning at Providence Park.
While Arturo Alvarez and Brandon Vincent contributed the goals for Chicago. Chicago moved its undefeated streak to 11 games (8-0-3) and are tied atop the Eastern Conference standings on 38 points with Toronto FC.
This was Fire’s fourth game in 12 days across all competitions, and without midfield star Bastian Schweinsteiger, yet Chicago still got the job done to take home a point in a difficult environment against a team it still has never beaten.
The Timbers opened the scoring with a 24th-minute penalty from Fanendo Adi, his 10th goal of the season, after a handball in the box by Juninho.
Before Blanco’s goal, the Fire took the lead 2-1 with Brandon Vincent’s goal off a pass from Alvarez. Portland’s apparent game-winner in the first minute of added time of the second half was waved off when Adi was called for a foul on his header into the net.
Veterans and stars of both teams made an impact in the match, but a pair of young players also made their marks. Vincent scored his first career goal for the Fire, and 20-year-old Timbers man Victor Arboleda buzzed around the net for chances after coming on as a late sub, giving the Fire fits.
- 24′ – POR – Fanendo Adi (PK)
- 34′ – CHI – Arturo Alvarez
- 61′ – CHI – Brandon Vincent
- 70′ – POR – Sebastian Blanco
- Chicago Fire with 38 points are at the table popper in the Eastern Conference
- Portland Timbers with 27 points are at the 4th spot in the Western Conference