The Philadelphia Union (8-11-6, 30 Pts, 9th Place Eastern Conference) played their second road game in a row, north of the border visiting Toronto FC (14-3-8, 50 Pts, 1st Place). Though they need three every time out, just one point would have been good against this star-studded Supporters Shield leader.
Unfortunately except for a few futile runs while already behind, this one was all Toronto FC, blanking the Union 3-0.
Toronto FC Starting XI:4-4-2
GK Alexander Bono, D’s Nicolas Hasler, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow, MF’s Marco Delgado, Jonathan Osorio, Michael Bradley, Víctor Vázquez, F’s Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco
Philadelphia Union Starting XI:4-2-3-1
GK Andre Blake, D’s Oguchi Onyewu, Jack Elliott, Raymon Gaddis, Fabinho, MF’s Alejandro Bedoya, Haris Medunjanin, Ilsinho, Marcus Epps, Fafa Picault, F CJ Sapong
It was all Toronto from the start. On their 2nd shot, a few minutes after Blake stopped him point blank, Giovinco (13) scores on a free kick just outside the box in 10′. Blake never had a chance.
The U did start to put on more pressure the next 10′, but to no avail.
Toronto increased their lead off a corner kick set-play, as a totally unmarked Nicolas Hasler (2) headed the ball past Blake 30′
The 1st half came to a merciful end for the U. 65.5 – 35.5 possession edge for TFC, and it showed on the score sheet at 2-0.
2nd Verse Same as the 1st:
While the Union showed a bit more press out of desperation, the second half of this match was really more of the same.
When Altidore (10) made it 3-0 TFC, on a great give and go w/ Vázquez – his 2nd assist of the match – in 57′, this one was pretty much over. The subs Jim Curtin made starting in the 63′ (see below) was basically waving the white flag, and saving minutes for future matches.
And it was indeed over. You might have said the same after the first goal in the 10′ as the U were really never in this one. Not many wins come from giving up a 60-40 TOP advantage.
Your final 3-0 Toronto.
Toronto FC Subs:
Jason Hernandez for Delgado 68′, Steven Beitashour for Hasler 72′, Jay Chapman for Vázquez 79′
Philadelphia Union Subs:
Chris Pontius for Ilsinho 63′, Jay Simpson in for Sapong 72′, Warren Creavalle for Bedoya 79′
FC Dallas Cards:
Nicolas Hasler 67′
Philadelphia Union Cards:
My guess is that Curtin will still throw out his usual suspects on Saturday judging from his subs in the 2nd half. It would appear to be time though to, much like a certain other sport’s team that actually plays in Philadelphia, to start playing the young guys, to see what the make-up of this team should be next season, and in the future. While not officially eliminated yet, the scenarios where the U could still make the playoffs at this point are very few. It is especially maddening to Union fans that they are currently behind all expansion teams in the Eastern Conference table.
The Union host one of those expansion teams still in the playoff hunt, Atlanta United FC (10-5-5, 35 Pts, 7th Place Eastern Conference) Saturday, August 26, 2017 7:00 PM ET, CSN.