Toronto, ON- The Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC played to a 1-1 draw. Both teams are pretty much out of the playoff picture, but the players were playing for their jobs and pride. The teams squared off in a very physical game that saw 32 fouls called and a lot of trash talking after the whistle. When two teams that are at bottom of the table and face each other there is always tons of built up anger from a season that just isn’t going as planned. Toronto only picked up its first points on the year after 9 games, and it happened back in the late spring when TFC beat the Union 1 -0. It also happened to be the last time the Union were coached by Peter Nowak.
The Union looking to get a result on the road for the third straight game; they came into the match with a lot energy after a lengthty International break. The Union haven’t played a league match since Sept 1 when they tied the Revs 0-0 in New England. Toronto looked to have control of the game as they scored a 58th minute goal from Eric Hassli. The play was set up with a long ball played into the Union’s half. Upon further review it appeared Toronto FC was offsides. But the play stood and Toronto scored. TFC seemed to be happy with the slim lead and decided to park the bus the rest of the way on.
The Union did not want to leave Toronto pointless in two matches. Philadelphia made a late and final substitution by bringing on Roger Torres, he added a spark to the team and inserted himself into the action right away. Just when all hope seemed lost Sheanon Williams left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal found the back of the net. The goal was set up in the 85th minute from a Antoine Hoppenot cross.
Philadelphia who remain winless since July look to rebound this Thursday night as they host I-95 rivals D.C. United. The game should be a battle as there is no love lost between the two teams.
Philadelphia Union v. Toronto FC – Highlights
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