Fire opens new chapter in Toronto | Sportsxchange
Two teams near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings will look for signs of hope on Sunday when the Chicago Fire visit Toronto FC.
The Fire (7-15-6, 27 points), who are 12th in the conference and languished near the bottom of the standings for most of the season, parted ways with head coach Raphael Wicky on Thursday. Assistant coach Frank Klopas will take over on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.
“At the end of the day, these are professional sports and we all depend on the results,” said Fire sporting director Georg Heitz. “At the end of the day, we didn’t get the results we all wanted.”
Chicago will travel to Toronto undefeated in its last two games after a strong 2-0 win over New York City FC on Wednesday following a four-game losing streak. Wicky’s dismissal came the next day. It will be the first of three straight road games for the Fire, who are 1-10-1 away.
Toronto (5-15-7, 22 points) is feeling confident after beating FC Cincinnati on Wednesday to come out of last place. The Reds are now undefeated in their last three games after a nine-game winless streak.
“The energy is different, especially now that we’re not down there anymore and so our eyes are on the next game,” said forward Ifunanyachi Achara. “The results are flowing because of the good performances we have had and it gives us the team a lot of confidence to come out as well no matter who we are up against and get a result even when we are down. . “
Toronto is undefeated in its last 12 games against Chicago, going 9-0-3 during that span, including a 2-1 victory over the Fire on July 24. Chicago hasn’t won against Toronto since April 4, 2015.