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Toronto FC 3-0 Philadelphia Union: The good, the bad & the ugly

Toronto FC was “fly”-ing on the night...

MLS: Philadelphia Union at Toronto FC Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

A league win, and a shutout to boot... Greg Vanney switching to a very effective 4-2-3-1 (or, at times, a 4-1-4-1)... Ager Aketxe had his best performance in a red shirt. He was engaged and feisty... Sebastian Giovinco’s play. Period... an assist for Nicolas Hasler on his birthday... give VV an assist on his goal as well. Prior to the match, VV told Hasler to look for the trailer when crossing the ball... van der Wiel did all the little things right. Just ask C.J. Sapong!... Philadelphia’s new logo. Only a few subtle changes, but all for the better... Auro Jr. showed hustle and vision for the entire match. As the boys in the booth said, “he is far more than just a bit player (at this stage)”... Alex Bono’s save on Alejandro Bedoya’s first half effort... the ball kid doing the floss. He seized upon his fifteen seconds of fame when Toronto was leading. The timing made it seem “cute”... another nod to the boys in the booth: K.J. and Mr. Caldwell did a nice job explaining David Accam’s ineffectiveness. I wondered where he was all night. Philly is not using him correctly... I am secure enough in my masculinity to say that Jay Chapman is looking more and more like a male model. Eat your heart out Gareth Seddon... Vanney has a new lucky shirt. Need to ride that red/white checked tablecloth until it has no more wins left in it... best line of the telecast: “Giovinco nutmegged him with a sublime move” - Steven Caldwell.

MLS: Philadelphia Union at Toronto FC Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Bad

Seba is a lucky lad. That kick to Jack Elliott’s chest was not nice, and could have produced a red card... moving the “scarf shop” at BMO Field into the tiny souvenir stall at the south-east corner. No room to swing a cat in there. (Never really understood that saying. Why would anyone want to swing a cat?)... Ashtone Morgan was beyond tired late in the match. Understandably so. He has played more this year than the past two full seasons combined... the crazy yellow card shown to Giovinco in the first half. I’m still looking for the malice... Michael Bradley wearing long sleeves. Hope that he is not sick... the missed corner kick calls for TFC... as good as Oso has played, he would be even better if he grew a left foot... Chapman’s goal celebration. For a moment, I thought that he was going to do the “Ronaldo”. A little cocky for a chap with only two career MLS goals to his credit.

MLS: Philadelphia Union at Toronto FC Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Ugly

The lake fly infestation at the north-west end of BMO Field. There were thousands of them. They were in my wife’s hair, in our eyes, in our ears, and in our mouths when we tried to cheer. It was horrid... the overall state of BMO Field. For instance, that scaffolding tunnel between Gate 1 and the West Stand is an abomination — garbage everywhere, with the smell of feces surfing on the wind... the cost of the new “Reigning Champ” line of clothing. You could buy a compact car for the cost of a hoodie... ever wonder what lake-fly flavoured popcorn tastes like? I don’t have to wonder anymore.