In the first of three away matches, all in a span of nine days, the Philadelphia Union ( 2-3-2, 8 Pts, 8th Place Eastern Conference) travelled north of the border to face defending champions, Toronto FC (1-4-1, 4 Pts, Last Place ).
The U may have well stayed at home, or moved on to Wednesday’s match, as they were never in this one, blanked 3-0.
Toronto Starting XI: 4-1-4-1
Toronto had five defenders with varying degrees of injuries, so the starting XI below is a bit more annotated than usual.
GK: Alexander Bono; F/D Auro, D Gregory van der Wiel, MF/D Michael Bradley, D Ashtone Morgan; MF Marky Delgado MF/D Nicolas Hasler, MF Ager Aketxe, MF’sVictor Vazquez, Jonathan Osorio; F Sebastian Giovinco
Union Starting XI: 4-2-3-1
G Andre Blake; Ds Raymon Gaddis, Auston Trusty, Jack Elliott, Keegan Rosenberry; MFs Alejandro Bedoya, Haris Medunjanin, David Accam, Borek Dockal, Ilsinho; F CJ Sapong
First Half: Union D a No Show
The Union defense appeared to still be on the bus to start this game, as different from most matches this season, it was the opponent that pressed early and often. In a sign of things to come an early turnover by Trusty led to a Giovinco bender blast 30yds out, which Blake pushed over the goal 7′
3′ later Bedoya headed a corner kick from Medunjanin that was pushed off the crossbar by Bono, for one of the rare chances the Union had.
After multiple missed passes, turnovers, and flat out sloppy play. Toronto scored first as Hasler was left all alone just outside the box on the right wing. He had all the time he needed to make an easy pass to Vazquez which he booted past Blake, who never had a chance 28′.
The Union continued their bad play and were lucky to escape the first half only down 1-nil, having been out shot 10-2, 5-2 on target.
Second Half: Second Verse worse than the first
The second half was no better as the Union could not seem to get their act together on either end of the pitch.
In the 65′ Goivinco did his Fifa game thing, undressing Elliot 1v1 to score the second FC goal, his first of the season. He always finds a way to score against the Union.
Toronto would score again on yet another bad defensive play, as Jay Chapman subbed on in the 78′, would put this one away 89′
Jay Chapman for Hasler 78′
Jordan Hamilton for Vazquez 82′
Jason Hernandez for Auro 89′
Fafa Picault for Accam 64′
Marcus Epps for Dockal 77′
Cory Burke for Sapong 85′
Morgan 45′ +2′
Jack Elliot 24′
Trusty Hand Ball 50′
There is really not a whole lot that can be said about this all-around pitiful performance by the Union, which left them winless in their last 15 road matches. About the only thing close to positive is that Blake did make some very good saves, and none of the goals were really his fault.
Otherwise this team better figure something out fast or they will be out of the race by the 4th of July.
It does not get any easier as the Union visit the Columbus Crew SC (4-3-2, 14Pts, 5th Place). They will be hard pressed to get a point out of that match.