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Toronto FC Dominate the Philadelphia Union in Lopsided Road Victory

The Union was no match for Toronto FC, who got off to a quick start and didn't look back.

Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

It was perhaps their best road performance of the season, as Toronto FC dominated the Philadelphia Union en route to a big 3-1 victory at PPL Park.

Sebastian Giovinco, Drew Moor and Jozy Altidore scored the goals for Toronto FC, who dominated the first half. Ken Tribbett had the lone goal for the Philadelphia Union.

Toronto FC nearly took the lead in the 13th minute when Giovinco curled a freekick towards the nearside post. Andre Blake, however, was equal to the task, diving to his right to deny the atomic ant. It would have been an incredible goal, but one of the best keepers in the league was equal to task, parrying it past his post.

Just a matter of minutes later, however, and Giovinco would get the better of Blake. Marky Delgado played through a brilliant ball, which the Italian controlled well. He rushed beyond the Philadelphia back line before firing a shot across goal, which went off the post and perfectly into the back of the net. It was his sixteenth goal of the season.

The Union wasted no time getting back into the match, however, equalising just five minutes after Toronto took the lead. Tranquillo Bernetta's perfect free kick found the head of Tribbett. His header was well stopped by Alex Bono, but deflected off the keeper's hand and into the back of the net.

The tremendous pace continued, with a third goal coming in the space of 12 minutes. This time, it was Toronto FC again, retaking their second lead of the match. In a goal that mirrored that which was scored by Philadelphia, Michael Bradley's free kick connected with Moor. His perfect header beat Blake low and to the corner to give Toronto FC a 2-1 lead.

Toronto extended that lead in the dying minutes of the half. Altidore, who had a very good half, finally got some tangible proof of that fact when he fired Toronto FC to a 3-1 lead. It was an incredible goal, maybe the best he has scored in a red jersey. He powered past Union defenders, before curling the ball with the outside of his foot off the post and into the back of the net.

It was a statement half from Toronto FC, perhaps the best they have played on the road all season long. They dominated the Union in every facet of the match, making one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference look well below their level, in their home build.

Toronto FC didn't let off the gas in the second half, as they continued to press the Union instead of sitting back of their lead. It was a refreshing strategy from Toronto FC, who have let too many results, especially on the road, get away by allowing teams a chance to break them down.

The Union did come close to narrowing down the lead on a few occasions, but Bono stood tall in the Toronto net. It was another good performance from the young Toronto keeper, who will soon see his net go back to veteran Clint Irwin.

Toronto FC will remain one point behind New York City FC for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. NYCFC held off Toronto by beating the Galaxy 1-0 earlier today. However, Toronto FC still has the best points per game in the conference.