Nicolas Hasler scored his first MLS goal to boost league-leading Toronto FC to a 3-1 win at the Chicago Fire on Saturday night.
After Chicago could only half-clear the ball in the 63rd minute, Victor Vazquez lofted the ball back into the box and Hasler headed home the winner.
Marco Delgado had opened the scoring and Sebastian Giovinco added a late goal as Toronto widened its lead in the Eastern Conference to seven points ahead of New York City FC's game on Sunday.
Delgado poked home after Chicago...
Jason Davis highlights three matches worth keeping an eye on across Major League Soccer this weekend.
Orlando and Columbus' crucial showdown
In the parlance of MLS, this one is what's called a "playoff six-pointer."
Columbus Crew SC currently has a tenuous grasp on a playoff position in the Eastern Conference. The men in yellow occupy fifth place but are just two points up on Montreal Impact, in seventh, and have played two more games. With less than 10 games to go, Gregg Berhalter's team needs...
Plenty of teams get hot in Major League Soccer. In a salary-capped league of thin margins from top to bottom, positive runs of form can be sustained for months or even for full seasons. Just ask the Colorado Rapids, who went from last place in the West in 2015 to the brink of the MLS Cup final a season ago and have since fallen back off a cliff.
Rarer is the lasting type of organizational culture change that can be sustained. Even in MLS, which prides itself on every-team-has-a-chance parity as...