MELBOURNE – The Chicago Fire are a frustrated group after posting an MLS-record 15th draw. One of those came earlier this season against a Toronto FC team that will look vastly different in the rematch.
A victory could be elusive for these woeful teams Sunday night, with Chicago winless in its last 10 games and Toronto yet to win on the road this season.
Chicago (2-7-15) owns the fewest victories in MLS while Toronto (4-11-11) has posted the league's worst goal differential at minus-21.
The Fire are 0-3-7 in their last 10, tying D.C. 1-all at home Thursday. They finished with a 13-6 advantage in shots and a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.
"When you look at the stats sheet, it's amazing how sometimes you don't win games like this," interim coach Frank Klopas said. "But you got to keep working hard till the end. I feel good."
Toronto is 0-7-6 on the road. It blew a two-goal lead in a 2-all home draw with Chicago on May 14.
Only four players who started for Toronto in that contest are still with the club. Defender Dan Gargan is not one of them, as he was traded to Chicago for Dasan Robinson on July 28 and will face his old team for the first time.
"The coaches have made a lot of changes to the team, so we're basically a brand new team," TFC defender Danleigh Borman said. "So Chicago won't be the same game as last time."
The Fire were still being coached at that time by Carlos de los Cobos, who was fired May 30.
Chicago newcomer Sebastian Grazzini scored for the second straight match Thursday, but forward Dominic Oduro came up empty after scoring in his previous two contests.
"We are trying to get a 'W,'" Oduro said. "We'll have to work hard. We've played really well and now we just need to finish it."
TFC is unbeaten in its last six matches in all competitions, beating Panamanian club Tauro 2-1 in CONCACAF Champions League action on the road Thursday. Ryan Johnson and Julian de Guzman had the goals.
Toronto's last MLS match came last Saturday, 1-0 over Real Salt Lake for its first clean sheet since June 29.
These teams will meet for the fifth time at Toyota Park. Chicago has won once, with the other matches finishing in draws.