Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alan Gordon Scores in Injury Time as Chicago Salvages 2-2 Draw in Toronto

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alan Gordon Scores in Injury Time as Chicago Salvages 2-2 Draw in Toronto

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Toronto FC settle for 2-2 draw with Chicago


TORONTO - Greg Vanney wasn't worried about his team's fitness on Saturday following a gruelling run in CONCACAF Champions League play, he was more concerned with Major League Soccer's implementation of it's video assistant referee.

Toronto FC played the Chicago Fire to a 2-2 draw at BMO Field, but felt they were robbed of a win.

Trailing 2-0, Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger got the visitors on the board in the 69th minute as his header off Diego Campos's corner kick got past Alex Bono. However, prior to Schweinsteiger's header, replay showed Nemanja Nikolic attempt to head the ball from an offside position.

The play in question was not reviewed by referee Alan Kelly after it appeared he was relayed a message in his ear by the VAR that he might want to take a second look.

"There's a percentage of the run of play that maybe comes down to (fatigue), but I don't think the game was decided by that," said Vanney. "I think the game was decided by a player who is offside, not necessarily Schweinsteiger, but the other player right in front of, or next to, Schweinsteiger who tries to head the ball, who was in an offside position, and makes a play for the ball who is two feet from Schweinsteiger, is offside."

Alan Gordon scored the tying goal in second-half injury time for Chicago (2-3-2). 'Keeper Richard Sanchez made two saves.

Jonathan Osorio and Victor Vazquez scored for Toronto while Alex Bono made six saves. With the draw, Toronto (1-4-1) avoided a third consecutive loss in MLS play.

In the first half, the Reds appeared to take a 2-0 lead in the 11th minute when Sebastian Giovinco one-timed a Nicolas Hasler feed past Sanchez, but Hasler was ruled offside after video review.

"He certainly took his time to review our (goal), I think that would be respectful to do the same for us and didn't," said Vanney. …

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