MLS Match Preview | Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire

MLS matchdays return, and this time Toronto FC will aim to light up BMO Field with a victory against Chicago Fire in the 19th round of the MLS season.
MLS Match Preview | Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire.
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After a long break without seeing Toronto FC in action, expectations are high for this match, especially with hopes of seeing Lorenzo Insigne at a higher level than usual due to the rest and recovery he has had in these weeks without MLS or Canadian Championship competition.

Both teams are vying for a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. However, Chicago Fire's lead-up to this match has not been ideal, whereas Toronto FC's form is positive in terms of their position, despite the recent 2-2 draw against DC United on June 1st.

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A Balanced History Between Toronto FC and Chicago Fire

These teams have a storied history in the MLS, with their encounters often being closely contested. Over the past five years, they have faced off 30 times, with Toronto FC winning 10 matches, Chicago Fire winning 11, and 9 matches ending in a draw.

Recent history also shows a tight competition, with Chicago Fire winning 3 of the last 5 matches, Toronto FC winning 1, and 1 match ending in a draw. Notably, TFC has not defeated Chicago Fire since May 28, 2022.

Toronto FC enters this match as the favorite. John Herdman’s team is currently sixth in the Eastern Conference standings with 24 points, while Chicago Fire is in the penultimate position with 15 points, highlighting a disparity in points and overall form.

Key Absences and Tactical Adjustments

TFC will miss Federico Bernardeschi and Nickseon Gomis due to suspensions. However, the team hopes to fill their absence with a strong collective effort, particularly relying on Lorenzo Insigne to spearhead a positive offensive play.

The need for a victory is crucial as competitive activities resume. Toronto FC will strive to secure a win with the cohesive unit that John Herdman has built through hard work and dedication.