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MLS Game Summary - Chicago at Toronto FC



(Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Chicago 2, Toronto FC 1

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - The Chicago Fire continued their run of fine form with a 2-1 win over Toronto FC at BMO Field on Wednesday.

The Fire jumped out to a comfortable first-half lead thanks to Alvaro Fernandez and Chris Rolfe. They continued to dominate until the late stages when Eric Hassli brought TFC to within a goal, but it proved to be nothing more than consolation.

Chicago (14-8-5) has won five of its last six league matches to jump into second place in the Eastern Conference with 47 points.

Toronto (5-17-6) stays bottom of the East on 21 points.

Fernandez, who was acquired from Seattle Sounders FC in a mid-season trade, put the visitors in front in the 13th minute. Pavel Pardo hit the post with a right-footed shot but stuck with the play to send a cross back into the danger area where Fernandez was waiting to nod home his first goal with his new club.

The lead was doubled just before halftime when a failed clearance by the Toronto defense was hammered home by Rolfe's one-time volley through traffic.

Hassli capped a fine passage of play to cut the deficit in half in the 79th minute, latching on to Luis Silva's through ball and firing a shot past Sean Johnson.

That goal sparked a more confident spell of play for Toronto, but the Canadian club was unable to conjure an equalizer. Its winless run has been extended to eight games.

09/12 21:03:48 ET

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2nd
WIN 2
CAR 1
 
4th
KAN 0
SFG 4
 
3rd
MIA 51
HOU 54
 
3rd
MIN 69
IND 48
 
3rd
OKC 61
UTA 73
 
1st
DEN 20
POR 25
 
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10:30pm Tonight
GSW
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LALAF 34
ARKST 16
 
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NJD 3
NYR 3
 
3rd
BOS 4
SJS 3
 
3rd
NYI 2
TOR 6
 
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MON 0
DET 1
 
2nd
NAS 2
ARI 2
 
2nd
WIN 2
CAR 1
 
1st Intermission
CHI 3
PHI 0
 
2nd
DAL 5
VAN 0
 
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COL 0
FLA 2
 
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CAL 0
TAM 0