April 5, 2015 / 6:09 AM / 3 years ago

Maloney inspires Fire to win over struggling Toronto

(Reuters) - Shaun Maloney inspired Chicago Fire to a 3-2 win over Toronto FC in Major League Soccer on Saturday.

Apr 4, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Fire midfielder Jeff Larentowicz (20) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the second half against the Toronto FC at Toyota Park. Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The loss is the third straight for Toronto, who invested heavily in the off-season and brought in Italy international Sebastian Giovinco and American striker Jozy Altidore.

Chicago, losers of their opening three games before last week’s victory over Philadelphia, made a bright start, taking the lead in the 14th minute.

Scotland winger Maloney played a delightful backheel into the path of Joevin Jones, who confidently slotted home.

Toronto drew level six minutes later through Giovinco, whose poked shot appeared to take a deflection on the way past a wrongfooted John Busch in the Chicago goal.

Former Juventus forward Giovinco then turned provider, breaking down the left and slipping a cross into the path of Benoit Cheyrou, who guided the ball home.

Chicago responded quickly, with Maloney cutting in from the left and driving a low shot through a crowded penalty area and past Toronto keeper Joe Bendik.

The Canadian side had defender Warren Creavalle sent off after a second yellow card in the 67th minute and a minute later Chicago grabbed the winner when Jeff Larentowicz fired into the bottom corner after a free-kick had been slipped into his path.

The game was the fourth of seven straight away matches for Toronto whose stadium is undergoing redevelopment.

In later matches, Seattle beat Houston 1-0 through Obafemi Martins’ 39th minute goal, while goals from Juan Agudelo and Lee Nguyen gave Revolution a 2-0 win over Colorado in New England.

Vancouver defeated Galaxy 2-0 in Los Angeles while Portlandclaimed a 3-1 away win over FC Dallas.

Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Peter Rutherford

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