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14.11.2019 08:38
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Toronto FC enter their busiest month of the Major League Soccer season sitting in a great position. With 20 points from their first 12 matches they are fourth in the Eastern Conference. They are within striking distance of the summit, with multiple games in hand on the teams above them as they head to the Windy City to face the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night, live on TSN and TSN Radio 1050. The Reds conceded a late goal to drop a couple of points in New York on Friday in their first game back from the World Cup break, but the 2-2 draw at Red Bull Arena extended their unbeaten run to five matches, their longest run without a defeat in almost two years. It is six years since the only other time Toronto FC managed to take 20 points from their first 12 matches. Last year it took until their 22nd match to reach that mark. So there is much to be positive about as the Reds look to climb the standings during a hectic month ahead. The Form: During their five match unbeaten run, Toronto FC have won three home games and drawn twice away from home. Both of their ties on the road came against teams that are expected to be challenging for the playoffs come the end of the season. First, they showed resilience to fight back late in the game despite being a man down at defending champions Sporting Kansas City, and then last Friday the late goal went against them as they drew 2-2 in New York. For far too many seasons in Major League Soccer, Toronto FC have traveled away and shown very little ability to collect points. But things have changed. Yes there have been a couple of dismal days this season like the defeat at Real Salt Lake, but there have also been wins at Seattle and Columbus as well as the recent draws. This is a team that now has the quality and belief to go anywhere in MLS and get a positive result. The Big Question: Will Jermain Defoe keep scoring? Defoe now has eight goals in nine MLS appearances and theres no reason to believe his goal-scoring touch will disappear anytime soon. Toronto FC paid mega bucks to sign him from Tottenham Hotspur in January, and so far Defoe has been worth every cent. His movement and instinct in-front of goal is as good as any other player in Major League Soccer. He took his goal superbly against New York Red Bulls and has now scored in each of his last three matches. He has five goals in his last five MLS games. With Defoe on the pitch, Toronto FC are in every game. The Lineup: With Gilberto struggling with a hip flexor injury, it could be an unchanged lineup for Ryan Nelsens men. The Brazilian seems to be the only injury concern for Nelsen right now, and until Michael Bradley returns from the World Cup, the eleven against New York is pretty much as strong as it gets for Toronto. Dominic Oduro made his first start for the club against the Red Bulls following his move from Columbus and is likely to start against his former team. Oduro looked lively for the Reds and set up Defoe for TFCs first goal. With Collen Warner, Jonathan Osorio and Jackson completing the midfield, there is plenty of MLS experience. The mid-season additions of Warner and Oduro have really strengthened the Reds midfield. With Gilberto expected to miss out, Defoe and Moore should once again start as the pairing up front. The Opposition: Under new head coach Frank Yallop, it has been a slow start to the season for Chicago Fire. The former Canadian international joined the Fire at the end of last season but his side has found it tough to win games in the opening quarter of the year. They havent lost many, but they head into Wednesdays game sitting bottom of the Eastern Conference. The Fire have secured 14 points from 14 matches, with just two wins, but they have drawn eight times. They lost their final match before the World Cup break 3-2 at home to Seattle Sounders, and will now be without defender Jon Kennedy Hurtado who was sent off in that match. Chicago are without a win in their last four matches since securing impressive victories at New York (5-4) and home to Sporting KC (2-1). Former Toronto FC forward Quincy Amarikwa is having a good season and is the Fires joint leading scorer along with rookie Harry Ship, who scored both goals in the loss to Seattle. Yallops team can also call upon Major League Soccers reigning MVP Mike Magee. The Odds: The history books are on Chicagos side. Toronto FC are without a win in their last eight matches against the Fire dating back to May 2010, and the Reds have never won in Chicago on their seven previous visits. In fact, in 16 all-time meetings, TFC have won just three times. But if there was ever a time for Toronto to put things right in Chicago, it is now. Torontos road form is much improved over past seasons and the Fire have been inconsistent so far this season. However, the wise money would be on a scoring draw. Where To Watch: Join me with Jason de Vos and Kara Lang for Chicago Fire against Toronto FC live on TSN on Wednesday at 8:30pm ET, 5:30pm PT. Wholesale Vapormax 2019 . The defeat leaves the 41-year-old Nestor to concentrate on the mixed-doubles event after winning 12 straight matches and winning Australian titles in Brisbane and Sydney with two different partners. "This was a little bit of a let down, but all credit to them," said Nestor. Cheap Vapormax Mens China . The Brewers finalized a US$36 million, three-year contract with free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez on Wednesday, adding a much-needed bat to their lineup. http://www.clearancevapormax.com/. He left in the 4th inning of Saturdays game against the Tigers after experiencing tightness. 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In the end, the Impacts 2-2 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy, which saw a two-goal lead produced by Marco Di Vaio and Ignacio Piatti in the first half erased in the second on goals from Gyasi Zardes and Alan Gordon, was just more wasted points among many this season for the 5-16-6 club. What counted for this night was holding a moments silence before the game for Ouimettes sister Julie, who died Friday after a 12-year battle with cancer. She was 20. The crowd of only 13,916 at Saputo Stadium stood at the 34th minute mark and cheered for Ouimette, who wears the No. 34 shirt. Di Vaio, the Impacts leader and star striker, opened the scoring in the 28th and then ran immediately to the bench to hug the 22-year-old defender from Terrebonne, Que. "We wanted to dedicate a victory to Karl and his family," said 38-year-old Di Vaio. "When I scored the goal, it was simple to go to him because he spent really bad moments the last few days. "We wanted to give his family some positive emotion. Were a good group, a tight group. Were together in good and bad moments." It had been a trying week for Ouimette, between the high of being invited to play for Canadas national team in Toronto and having to make a quick trip back to Montreal when his sister died. He got one minute of playing time in Canadas 3-1 win over Jamaica on Tuesday night. He returned Wednesday morning and didnt expect to dress against the Galaxy, but coach Frank Klopas sent him on the field to replace injured fullback Hassoun Camara in the 59th minute. It turned out to be an emotional night. "It was great for Marco to come and see me, and everybody on the team gave me support before the game," said Ouimette. "I just came back, so it was the first time I saw them since my sister passed away. "It was great to have the guys show theyre there for me and have my back. Its a big gesture for my sister. The one that was most difficult was the minute of silence before the game. I was away, Id been thinking about other things, trying to get past these emotions. Its hard not to have my sister next to me." The Impact looked to have come up with a third straight win at home in a solid opening half, but injuries to defenders Matteo Ferrari (hamstring) and Camara (left elbow) opened the door for the high powered Galaxy attack in the second. The Galaxy (14-6-7), whho are chasing Seattle for first place in the Western Conference, ended a five-game winning streak but moved to 10-2-3 since the World Cup break in June.dddddddddddd Di Vaio finished a four-pass attack on the rush to open the scoring in the 28th minute. Piatti got a pass back from Dilly Duka and slipped the ball to an unmarked Di Vaio, who back-heeled in his sixth goal of the season. Duka sent Montreal in on a three-man breakaway that saw Felipe Martins feed Piatti for the goal in the 43rd. It was the fourth goal in the past three games for the Argentine who joined the Impact as a designated player a month ago. The Montreal defence lost its bearings when veteran Ferrari was substituted by Wandrille Lefevre at the intermission. A pretty diagonal pass through the penalty area by Juninho found Zardes alone at the far post to redirect his 15th of the season home in the 57th. It was Zardess 14th goal in the past 16 games. Substitute Gordon wasnt on the pitch for two minutes when he converted a Landon Donovan pass across the goal in the 64th. It was Donovans 132nd career assist, three short of Steve Ralstons league record. "To get a point when youre down two goals, you cant complain a lot, but on the night we werent good," said Arena, who had to switch from a 3-5-2 to a 4-4-2 formation at half time because, "we didnt have players who are capable of making the adjustments in the back three. "Id like to see we have players who have a better tactical feel, but its obvious that some of them dont. But thats my responsibility." The Impact play again Sunday but the match that matters now is their CONCACAF Champions League game next Wednesday at home against the New York Red Bulls. Getting through the group stage could save a dismal season. Klopas appealed to the Impact fans to pack the 20,000-seat stadium. "Its probably our biggest game of the season and we need it," he said. Donovan, who is to retire at the end of the season, as well as L.A.s Dan Gargan and Montreals Felipe all were cautioned and will miss their next game due to yellow card accumulation. The Galaxy had Robbie Keane back from international duty, where he helped the Republic of Ireland beat Georgia in Tbilisi on Sunday. Notes: Montreal had veteran Heath Pearce in for Lefevre at centreback and Calum Mallace replaced Patrice Bernier in midfield. Bernier, Issey Nakajima-Farran, Ouimette and Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare had all had been with the national team. . . It was the Galaxys first game at Saputo Stadium. In 2012 they played to a 1-1 draw at Olympic Stadium. ' ' '

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