The game in 100 words (or less): Toronto FC narrowly avoided a “TFC-ing” of the highest order on Saturday, as the Reds snatched three points late on with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Fire at BMO Field. Gilberto, making his first appearance in Toronto since being let go by the club earlier this year, bagged a brace (1st and 52nd minutes) that at one point looked likely to resign TFC to defeat. Alas, the brilliance of Sebastian Giovinco (an assist on two of TFC’s three goals) shone through and Greg Vanney’s men had done just enough to avoid the embarrassment of losing to the league’s worst team (by a full six points) at home and falling dangerously close to the playoff cut line. Giovinco’s 35 goals and assists combined in 2015 is the new league record, breaking Chris Wondolowski’s record (34) from 2012. As things stand now, TFC (currently 5th in the Eastern Conference) have a five-point cushion on 7th-place Orlando City SC, and a game in hand.
Three moments that mattered
1′ — Gilberto marks his return to Toronto with a goal — This is all that needs to be said. Thanks, Duane.
29′ — Giovinco’s brilliance on full display again — Giovinco did something so audacious that, had any other player in MLS done it, you’d have said, “That’s a cross, not a shot.” But, because it’s Giovinco, you know with near-absolute certainly, it was a shot. WATCH HERE.
79′ — Altidore pokes home from Giovinco’s corner — Jozy Altidore didn’t make great contact with the ball on his first attempt, but thanks to a bit of typical Fire “defending,” the ball stayed in the box and fell nicely for the big American striker, who made no mistake with effort no. 2.
Man of the match: Sebastian Giovinco
Goalscorers: Gilberto (1′, 52′), Osorio (29′), Bradley (59′), Altidore (79′)