CHI Three Keys

3 Keys to Toronto vs. Chicago Fire

Bastian Schweinsteiger and the high-flying Chicago Fire head to town on Friday night as the Reds look to bounce back at home. Here are the Benjamin Moore three keys to the match

Manage the Midfield

For the new-look Fire, it all starts in the midfield.

Bringing in a World Cup champion in Schweinsteiger to pair alongside Dax McCarty and Juninho has sparked Chicago to some early season success as the trio are amongst the most talented in the league.

All three players have the ability to pick apart a defence with a single pass and can act as the outlet for the backline to jumpstart the attack. They have also proved to be a formidable defensive force, with McCarty in particular playing the role of destroyer.

The Reds will need to limit the trio’s time and space on the ball if they are to walk away with three points.

Beware the Counter

For as sound as the Fire have become in the middle of the park, they still possess one of the league’s most dangerous players in David Accam.

The Ghanaian has repeatedly caused fits for opposing defences with his blinding pace, and is the ultimate release valve on the counter.

His ability to make something out of seemingly nothing will make him a tough matchup for the TFC wingbacks. Whether it’s Justin Morrow, Steven Beitashour, or Raheem Edwards lining up against him, the Reds will have to be certain to keep tabs on his positioning at all times.

Pick Up the Tempo

Looking to get back in the win column, the Reds will look to put the pressure on Chicago as they get back to BMO Field.

Captain Michael Bradley explains: “We’re excited to get a game on our field, in our stadium, where we can crank up the tempo and the pace and see if we can put them in a game they’ve not been in yet.”

The Fire have quality throughout the park, but the onus will be on Toronto to create an atmosphere that will unsettle their top players and put TFC in a position to capitalize.