Fire scores early, then rallies to 3-2 win over Toronto
AP April 21, 2012 8:52PM
TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 21: Richard Eckersley #27 of Toronto FC gets the ball stripped by Patrick Nyarko #14 of Chicago Fire during MLS action at BMO Field April 21, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images) R:\Merlin\Getty_Photos\143223537.jpg
Updated: May 24, 2012 8:21AM
TORONTO — Dominic Oduro scored the fastest goal in team history, and the Fire also got goals from Gonzalo Segares and Patrick
Nyarko on its way to a 3-2 victory Saturday against Toronto FC at BMO Field.
Oduro staked the Fire (2-1-2) to a 1-0 lead with his third goal of the
season 25 seconds into the game. Nyarko applied pressure on
Toronto defender Torsten Frings and knocked the ball to a wide-open Oduro, who slotted his shot under keeper Milos Kocic.
Oduro’s goal tied the New England Revolution’s Imad Baba for the fifth-fastest in Major League Soccer history.
Toronto (0-6-0) tied the score in the 36th minute when midfielder Reggie Lambe chased down a partially cleared ball off a corner kick and blasted a shot from 25 yards past Fire keeper Sean Johnson.
Lambe scored his second goal of the game four minutes later. Ryan Johnson got open on the left side of the penalty area and feigned a shot, bringing Sean Johnson off his line. The ball rolled through the penalty area to Lambe at the back post, and he put the ball into an empty net to give Toronto a 2-1 lead.
The Fire made it 2-2 in the 41st minute when Sebastian Grazzini sent a well-placed free kick to the back post, where Segares evaded his defender and flicked the ball over Kocic.
Oduro and Nyarko teamed up on the tiebreaking goal in the 58th
minute. Oduro played a ball behind the Toronto defense to Nyarko, who got around Kocic before scoring his first goal of the season.
Toronto is tied for the second-worst start in MLS history. The Kansas City Wizards started 0-7-0 in 1999.