TORONTO Sebastian Giovinco's 2017 has not been kind to him thus far, but it took a turn for the better on Friday night as Toronto FC toppled the Chicago Fire 3-1 at BMO Field to earn its first home victory of the season. It's also the Fire's first defeat since Bastian Schweinsteiger's arrival.
In the club's return to BMO Field, Toronto FC was only able to leave with a share of the points.
The defending MLS Eastern Conference Champions were held to a 0-0 draw at BMO Field against visiting Sporting Kansas City on Friday evening. Both sides were looking to make it consecutive league victories, while both were also looking to avoid sufferingdefeat for the first time this season.
Who does lineups right, and why does Toronto FC always start Jozy Altidore in net?
Not all social media lineup cards are created equal. At minimum, they're supposed to tell a viewer at a glance who is playing that day. Some of them do a very good job of this, while others barely meet that requirement.
Sebastian Giovinco needed plenty of assistance to leave the field right before halftime at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday night, but it appears the Toronto FC forward is going to be fine, according to TFC head coach Greg Vanney.
"He's okay," Vanney said. "He's sore. It was a contusion on the IT band around the side of the leg.
Crew SC are unique among MLS clubs in terms of their tactical approach.
The majority of MLS teams play either a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3. Just four of the 22 clubs — D.C. United, New England Revolution, San Jose Earthquakes, and Toronto FC — use something other than one of those formations as their main look.
Seeing The Men in Red play at home is really just half the fun, but notall Fire fans are able to see them anywhere else. To experience the joys of anAway Game by proxy, OTFcontributor Jacob Peters provides us some backgroundon Fire supportergroup history on-the-road, established rivalries, and some footnotes onhow to effectively criticize, troll, and generally enjoy Fire away games.
The Rhinos did not excite many with a scoreless draw at Toronto last weekend and prepare for a defensive showdown with Charleston Battery on Saturday
This past Friday, the Rochester Rhinos traveled north to face Toronto FC II and the team brought a point back over the border with them. In their second game of the 2017 USL season, the Rhinos failed to generate the same attacking fervor they did against Bethlehem Steel FC that sparked excitement in the fanbase.
Bad weather gave the Union the opportunity to grab three points against the Eastern Conference champions, but Mark Geiger wasn't having it. Post-match analysis of a promising performance in Philly's home opener.
The Union gain their second point of the season after an exciting match with Toronto.
The Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC split the points tonight, as they were both able to score two goals a piece. The Union opened the scoring in the 11th minute of this one, as new striker Jay Simpson opened his Union scoring account with a low header after a cross into the box from Fabian Herbers was nodded on by Chris Pontius.
CHESTER, PA The match took every twist and turn possible was left without a final happy ending for either side on Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium, as the Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC played to a 2-2 draw.
The first half featured a debut goal, two penalties and a pair of injuries to starting forwards, while the second half included goals a minute apart in the battle of Eastern Conference foes.
These are the things that will need to happen for the Union to get a good result.
1.) Watch for the mismatch: Last year, Toronto FC had a field day against the Union. They lined Sebastian Giovinco up on their left (the Philadelphia Union's right) and Jozy Altidore on their right (Union's left).
Last year's Eastern Conference Champions come to Talen Energy Stadium for the Philadelphia Union's home opener. Here is everything you need to know about the match, from previews and press conference to reviews and reactions.
Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC
Time: 4:30 PM EST, 3:30 PM CST, 1:30 PM PST, 9:30 AM UTC
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, PA)
Television: US - CSN Philly, Canada - TSN 4 and 5
Streaming: TSN GO, MLS Live (Subscription Only)
Referees: REF: MARK GEIGER AR1: Logan Brown AR2: Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho 4TH: Jose Carlos Rivero
All-time Record: 6-6-5, 4 GD
What Toronto will look like:
The team that bounced the Union out of the playoffs last season make their return to Talen Energy Stadium on the back of a scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake on opening weekend.
The first 90 minutes of Derrick Jones' Philadelphia Union career couldn't have gone any better. The 20-year-old defensive midfielder churned out an impressive performance in the club's 0-0 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps in Week 1.
Week 2 presents a different challenge for the homegrown player as Toronto FC comes to Talen Energy Stadium for the Union home opener on Saturday.
Key results, highlights, and standings from around the league.
Welcome to the world where Seattle Sounders discovery list players dominate for teams that are not called the Seattle Sounders. Miguel Almiron had an assist in Atlanta United's 4-nil win over the Chicago Fire. Sebastian Blanco went 90, but it was Adi and Valeri who powered the Portland Timbers in their come-from-behind 4-2 win over the Houston Dynamo.
We spoke with James Grossi of Waking the Red, SB Nation's Toronto FC blog, about the upcoming season opener between the Union and TFC.
Eugene Rupinski,Brotherly Game) One of the biggest things I noticed aboutToronto FCin their match againstReal Salt Lakewas that it was the exact same lineup that played against the Seattle Soundersin the MLS Cup Final.
After a rough start to the season, our gold star crosses the border in search of it's first points of the year
The Seattle Sounders are heading on the road for the second straight week and are looking to bounce back from the season opening 2-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo. This week, the Sounders are headed north of the border as they take on the Montreal Impact.
"It is very important for us that we won. This is the first consecutive win we have had since I have been here". Although Paunovic spoke those words with a sigh of relief, by the end of his post-match press conference after Chicago's 3-0 thrashing of New England, he was full of hope and confidence.
When the Revolution drafted defender Jordan McCrary 10th overall in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, many fans expected him to fill a long-term hole along the back line. And this made sense: With McCrary and Chris Tierney starting out wide, Andrew Farrell could permanently move to center back.