Teams: Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire
Kick-off: 05:00 a.m. IST at BMO Field – Toronto, Ontario
Where to Watch: The game will be live telecasted on DSport, this Saturday
Last Game Played: Oct 24, 2016; TOR 3 – 2 CHI
Top Players: Toronto FC- Jozy Altidore (3 goals), Chicago Fire- Nemanja Nikolic (4 goals)
This Saturday, Toronto FC will host Eastern Conference third spot holder Chicago Fire, on April 22 at BMO Field Toronto, Ontario. The match kicks off at 05:00 a.m. and will be broadcasted live on DSport.
Toronto FC is in good shape from the very beginning of the season. Last season, Toronto FC rode its star players to the top of the Eastern Conference and a spot in the MLS Cup final. This year, the revamped Chicago Fire are looking to do the same.
The Chicago Fire look to keep the ball rolling after earning points in three straight matches and outscoring opponents 4-0 in the last two matches. The Chicago Fire are averaging 1.5 goals per match while allowing 1.2 goals per match. Nemanja Nikolić leads the Fire with four goals, David Accam has two assists and Bastian Schweinsteiger has eight shot attempts.
The defensive outlook is rough for the Reds. Already missing starting goalkeeper Clint Irwin, they will also miss their defensive leader in Drew Moor due to an irregular heartbeat. Though both team and player have indicated that Moor will be making a return to the field sooner rather than later, he is almost certainly a scratch for Saturday, given that he won’t train until he sees a cardiologist late this week.
In Moor’s place, head coach Greg Vanney will likely turn back to offseason acquisition Chris Mavinga. Veteran defender Jason Hernandez is another option for Vanney in Moor’s absence.
In Chicago Fire, big money men – Schweinsteiger, Nikolic and David Accam – are expected to perform well. Right now, Fires are on a good third place in the Eastern Conference, and the credit goes to the entire team’s effort. In a recent win against Columbus, it was Dax McCarty. Most recently, it was Luis Solignac, who turned in a sparkling performance from the start. According to the Argentine, it was a long time coming for both him and the team.
It will be a significantly harder task in Toronto as opposed to at home against a 10-man Revolution side, but the Fire will be heading north with all the confidence in the world.