Jonathan Osorio scores equaliser for TFC in 2-2 draw
Jonathan Osorio scored in the 76th minute to save a point for Toronto FC, and maintain their unbeaten streak to start the MLS season.
So far, Toronto have enjoyed their best ever opening to an MLS season, with three wins and a draw from the opening four fixtures. However, against Chicago Fire on Saturday evening; they had to fight back from 2-1 down to secure their streak.
Toronto would have thought they deserved better, as they bossed the shot stats. They recorded eight shots on target compared to only three from the Fire. However, it wasn’t enough to win four on the bounce.
Nemanja Nikolic had given the visitors a 2-1 lead when he side-footed an accurate pass from Aleksandar Katai into the back of the net in the 62nd minute. However, Toronto continued to press and assert their pressure onto the Chicago goal; and deservedly got their equalizer through Osorio.
TFC improved their record to 8-0-2 against Chicago (1-2-2) over the last ten fixtures.
However, the Fire managed to gain a point from this particular contest; thanks to a hard-effort in the second-half. Meanwhile, an excellent personal appearance from David Ousted in the Fire goal proved too much for TFC. Chicago are winless on the road since their fixture against Orlando City on May 26.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Greg Vanney said: “I thought they would try to protect the space between their lines, protect their center backs, try to hit us on the counter.
“By and large, it looked as I expected. I thought for much of the first half, we very much had control of the game.”
Toronto almost got off to the perfect start. As Ousted saved Drew Moor’s header from the middle of the box. However, the home side did finally find the breakthrough, when a pin-point cross from Alex Pozuelo found an unmarked Jozy Altidore after 30 minutes.
The Spaniard has hit the ground running for Toronto; with his performance last week going viral within hours of the conclusion of the game. He played a vital role yet again against Chicago; setting up both goals.
Chicago leveled the scores in the first minute of first-half injury time. C.J. Sapong calmly lifted the ball over the incoming Toronto keeper Alex Bono for his third goal of the season.
Vanney wasn’t happy with the defending that led to Sapong’s goal. He said: “The goal at the end of the half was killer, just because they really had nothing going for them every time they tried to get out.
“To give up a ridiculous goal at the end of the half was not where you wanted to be coming into half time.”
Despite a fine personal performance, Pozuelo was left frustrated by the result. He said: “We feel no good after the game because I think inside the pitch we have the possession, we have the feel, we win the game, but they come here only for defense, kicking and not football.
“I think this is not football. We are disappointed because I think this (is a) game we need to win. But we feel good, and I think that the team played good.”
TFC will return to action next weekend when they visit Seattle Sounders. Meanwhile, Chicago Fire will host Vancouver Whitecaps on Friday.