The Union came into Talen Energy Stadium on the heels of a road victory against New England, but they ran into a red hot Toronto FC, who took down the boys in blue 3-1.
TFC extended their unbeaten streak to 6 games on goals by Sesbestian Giovinco, Drew Moor and Jozy Altidore. Ken Tribbett scored a goal for Union, which was the only bright spot in an otherwise terrible performace by the rookie.
Union Starting XI: Blake; Fabinho, Marquez, Tribbett, Rosenberry; Creavalle, Bedoya; Pontius, Barnetta, Ilsinho; Sapong
Toronto FC Starting XI: Bond; Moor, Zavalsta, Morrow, Britashour; Bradley, Delgado, Johnson, Osorio; Altidore, Giovinco
Giovinco opened the scoring in the 18th minute as he received a beautiful pass over most the Union’s back line from Marky Delgado. Giovinco had nobody to beat but Tribbett, which he did with ease. His shot bounced the ball off the right post, then bounced off the left post, with the ball finally going into the goal. After being toasted on that play, Tribbett made up for his shoddy defending by diving in the box to head a Barnetta free kick into the goal at close range in the 24th minute. In the 30th minute, TFC took back the lead as a Michael Bradley free kick found a wide open Drew Moor in the box, who headed the ball past a diving Andre Blake. In the 44th minute, Tribbett was the goat once again as Jozy Altidore bulled his way past him to give TFC a 3-1 lead going into halftime.
Union manager Jim Curtin had seen enough and replaced Tribbett with Joshua Yaro to start the second half. With the two goal lead, Toronto parked the bus and the Union could not find a way to finish any chances. In an attempt to generate more offense, Curtin replaced Creavalle with Roland Alberg in the 62nd minute. Tranquillo Barnetta slid back into Creavalle’s spot with Alberg taking over at the #10 position. Alberg got a shot off right away, but was quiet for the rest of the match. Fabian Herbers was also ineffective after subbing in for Ilsinho in the 74th minute.
Many Union fans have been wondering why Tribbett has been getting named to the starting XI as his performance has gone downhill. Facing the speedy Giovinco, Yaro seemed to be the more logical choice to start, but Curtin said in his press conference, “Yeah, it’s tough to change my thinking after a 4-0 performance, it’s tough to change the lineup.” He also said that this was a learning experience for the entire back line.
The loss spoiled the home debut for the Union’s big money acquisition Alejandro Bedoya, who played all 90 minutes. Curtin said he didn’t plan on playing him for all 90 minutes as he is not yet in season form, but the game situation dictated that he use his subs in a different way.
The Union won’t have much time to rest as they play Columbus Crew on the road on Wednesday. They have to put this loss against a very good Toronto FC behind them, and try for three points on the road in their run for a playoff position.