Short-handed Toronto FC earns draw in Chicago

Toronto FC midfielder Jackson Goncalves scores against Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson during...

Toronto FC midfielder Jackson Goncalves scores against Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson during first half MLS action on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (Mike DiNovo/USA TODAY Sports)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:20 PM ET

Undermanned, on the road, gritty Toronto FC earned a well-deserved point on Wednesday evening, drawing 1-1 with the Chicago Fire.

Down a man for most of the game, TFC struck first and survived an expected second-half push from the Fire, to move within four points of second place D.C. United, Saturday’s opponent.

In this one, TFC got some terrible luck when the referee mistakenly opted to give striker Luke Moore a red card for elbowing Chicago’s Chris Ritter in the head while both went up for a header in the 28th minute. Replays clearly showed Moore had his eyes on the ball and had no idea where Ritter was, making the straight red a dicey call.

Before the booking, neither team had done much, struggling to get much buildup on the rain-drenched field.


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