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Numbers and Words: Fire Kick off Three-Match

April 20, 2017 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Chicago Fire News Release

The Chicago Fire begin a three-match road swing this weekend in a Friday night showdown with Toronto FC. Head coach Greg Vanney's men enter the match with just a win and four draws to their credit so far this season, and will be looking for their first home win of 2017 when the whistle blows on Friday. Ahead of the Eastern Conference contest in Canada, here are a few key facts, faces and figures to keep in mind:Key Number: 39

Don't let their record fool you. This is still very much the same Toronto FC team with the same marquee names that were a mere Stefan Frei wondersave away from hoisting MLS Cup last season. They haven't quite found their footing through their opening six matches, but sleeping on the likes of Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco, and Michael Bradley would be a mistake. The Toronto attack has ripped nearly 40 shots in the last two games (39, to be exact), and they should be feeling a sense of urgency to both get and maintain a lead in front of an expectant home crowd on Friday night. It's a safe bet that they'll be up for this one.

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