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Toronto FC draw Fire in Bridgeview finale

Toronto FC tied the Chicago Fire 2-2 on Sunday in their last game at SeatGeek Stadium.

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Toronto FC tied the Chicago Fire 2-2 on Sunday in their last game at SeatGeek Stadium.

The Chicago Fire were main tenants in the stadium since 2006, and will play future seasons at Soldier Field in downtown Chicago.

Jozy Altidore thought he opened the scoring in the 14th minute when he scored off his own rebound, but the goal was called off when the assistant referee called for a push on Altidore against the Fire defender.

Altidore gave a 1-0 lead to the away side when he scored in the 59th minute. Marky Delgado sent a pass through to the striker who turned and kept his shot low to get his 11th goal of the season.

Substitute Aleksandar Katai tied it at 1-1 in the 68th minute when his shot to the far post beat goalkeeper Quentin Westberg.

Westberg came out in the 75th minute as a precaution after receiving treatment for a possible concussion.

Chicago took a 2-1 lead in the 77th minute when Fabian Herbers scored. Herbers scored a header which beat substitute keeper Alex Bono, who made his 100th club appearance.

Centre back Omar Gonzalez got his first TFC goal in the 80th minute to tie the game at 2-2.

The Reds are now unbeaten in nine straight league matches. They will look to make it 10 as they host the Columbus Crew at BMO Field on Sunday in their final regular season game.

Kick-off is set for 4 p.m.


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Toronto FC re-sign Bradley to new deal

TFC captain Michael Bradley signed onto a three-year TAM deal on Thursday.

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TFC captain Michael Bradley signed onto a three-year TAM deal on Thursday.

Bradley joined the club in 2014 as a designated player, he signed a six-year deal worth $39 million USD. The club have now signed him on a targeted allocation money deal, which will see him earn around $1.5 million per season for the next three years.

“I feel so attached to the city of Toronto, the club, the team. I love it here and I am really proud of what we’ve been able to do over the past six years,” Bradley said during the press conference.

In Bradley’s six seasons with TFC, he has led the club to three Canadian Championships, three Eastern Conference Championships, one Supporters’ Shield and one MLS Cup. He was an integral part in the 2017 side that won the treble.

Bradley made his 200th appearance for the Reds in the 2019 MLS Cup in November, he joined Justin Morrow and Jonathan Osorio in the 200 club.

He has scored 13 goals and contributed 28 assists across all competitions since he was signed.

Bradley signing on TAM means he will no longer take up a designated player spot. Each MLS club is allowed to have up to three designated players, and two of three TFC’s slots are taken up by striker Jozy Altidore and midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo.

The organization has made it clear this offseason that they want to sign a striker as a designated player to help Altidore with goalscoring capabilities.

TFC begin their season on February 29 in California against the San Jose Earthquakes.


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Raptors snap losing streak with win in Chicago

The Toronto Raptors ended a three-game winless streak on Monday when they defeated the Chicago Bulls 93-92.

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The Toronto Raptors ended a three-game winless streak on Monday when they defeated the Chicago Bulls 93-92.

Illinois native Fred VanVleet did not play because of a right knee injury he sustained on Sunday against Philadelphia.

Pascal Siakam led Raptors scorers with 22 points. Norman Powell had 17. Kyle Lowry had 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. OG Anunoby scored 10.

Marc Gasol scored nine points and had nine rebounds. Serge Ibaka recorded a double-double off the bench with 11 points and 14 boards.

Zach Lavine scored all of his 20 points in the first half, he added 11 rebounds onto his stat-sheet. Wendell Carter Jr. and Daniel Gafford scored 14 points each.

Lauri Markkanen and Denzel Valentine scored 13 apiece. Tomas Satoransky recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists.

Anunoby did a number of things throughout the game on both ends of the floor.

Gasol recorded four blocks, including this one that helped his team preserve the lead.

The Raptors return home to Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday to host Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.


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Strong first half pushes Raptors to beat Jazz

The Toronto Raptors began December with a 130-110 win against the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

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The Toronto Raptors began December with a 130-110 win against the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

The Raptors scored a season-best 77 points in the first half. They were up a franchise-best 40 points at halftime. They also allowed a season-worst with the most points conceded in one quarter when Utah scored 49 in the third.

Pascal Siakam had 35 points in 35 minutes, along with five assists and five rebounds. Fred VanVleet recorded a double-double with 21 points and 11 assists. Norman Powell scored 15.

Serge Ibaka returned from injury after missing just over three weeks of action, he scored 13 points. Terence Davis had 13 points as well. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and OG Anunoby scored 10 points apiece.

Mike Conley led the Jazz with 20 points, Jeff Green scored 19 points in 15 minutes off the bench.

Donovan Mitchell had 16 points, and Rudy Gobert recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 11.

Here are some of the Raptors highlights of the night:

Head coach Nick Nurse was named the eastern conference coach of the month on Tuesday. This award was given to him for the games played in October and November, as he coached the Raptors to a current record of 14-4.

The Raptors host the Miami Heat at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday.

Tip-off is set for 7:30.


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