After Toronto FC dominated them in a 3-1 victory on the road last month, the Philadelphia Union will come into BMO Field today looking for revenge. They will also be looking to make up some ground in the Eastern Conference standings. The Union currently sit in fourth place, six points behind Toronto.
It is unlikely that the Union catch Toronto, or anyone in the top three for that matter, in the standings before the season is done. But if they want to make that a possibility they have to win today.
The Union actually have a chance to do a fair amount of damage in the Eastern Conference race down the stretch. They face Toronto FC today and the New York Red Bulls twice before the season is over. All three of those matches could have a big impact on the top of the standings.
The Eastern Race Continues
Toronto FC is no longer the top team in the East, at least for now. With a dominating 4-1 victory over DC United last night, New York City FC hold a narrow one point lead over the reds. They have, however, played two more matches than Toronto.
A win today would put Toronto right back at the top, as would a draw, although the latter result would open up the race a little bit. The other match to watch today is the New York Red Bulls against Montreal, as a win for the Red Bulls would see them move up the standings. It would also clinch a playoff spot for Toronto FC.
TFC Can Clinch the Playoffs, This Time For Real
No, last week's 3-3 draw against the New York Red Bulls didn't clinch Toronto FC a playoff spot. The league, and the club, as a result, made a mistake in their calculations. Most media outlets, including this one, reported what they had said erroneously.
One would hope that MLS made sure that they were correct in posting this week's scenarios in which Toronto FC could clinch. These have likely been checked and double checked. Toronto FC could make it real easy on themselves by winning against the Union today. However, if they get a draw or a loss there are the other scenarios that would see them clinch:
Saturday- Orlando City SC win/tie versus DC United
Saturday- New York Red Bulls win versus Montreal Impact
Sunday- New England Revolution draw or lose versus Columbus Crew.
Toronto FC: Irwin; Beitashour, Hagglund, Moor, Morrow; Bradley, Johnson, Cheyrou, Osorio; Altidore, Hamilton
Subs: Bono, Endoh, Babouli, Zavaleta, Delgado, Lovitz, Bloom.
Philadelphia Union: Blake; Fabinho, Marquez, Tribbett, Rosenberry; Carroll, Creavalle; Pontius, Bedoya, Herbers; Sapong
Venue: BMO Field, Toronto, ON
Kickoff: 5:00 p.m. Eastern
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