FT — Finally. Toronto FC finally won a game away from home, after collapsing in Columbus last week. They beat the Philadelphia Union 2-0, with Jonathan Osorio scoring a brace and the whole side collectively shutting down Philly’s attack to keep them at bay.
It was a pretty strong overall performance from the Reds, who had a number of great looks at goal with some brilliant passing maneuvers. The defence was much better tonight as well, with Jason Hernandez, Nick Hagglund, and Gregory van der Wiel all rock-solid. A couple courageous saves from Alex Bono preserved the clean sheet.
Relive all the action below! Start at the bottom and scroll up to follow WTR’s match commentary and highlights thread.
81’ — Tosaint Ricketts is coming in for Nico Hasler. TFC want another.
78’ Philadelphia Union 0-2 Toronto FC — Oso again! Giovinco reads the play well and intercepts Keegan Rosenberry’s throw-in, and he plays a perfect pass for Osorio. The Canadian slots it into the bottom right corner for his second of the night.
Jonathan Osorio is now officially alone as 5th in regular season goals in Toronto FC history. Another calm and cool finish from the Canadian. Same with the pass from Seba. #TFCLive pic.twitter.com/GMZwvGQtIb— Mitchell Tierney (@mitchelltierney) June 9, 2018
73’ — Ager Aketxe will join the festivities now, as he comes in to replace Vazquez. Hopefully not an injury concern for VV.
65’ — Victor Vazquez gets himself a shot of his own, as his pass bounces off Giovinco and into his path. Vazquez didn’t have much time, though, and the shot goes wide left.
60’ — Ryan Telfer comes into the match to replace Jay Chapman, who’s made a number of very good incisive passes but has struggled a bit in front of goal.
58’ — Fafa Picault sends a long shot in and comes ridiculously close to equalizing with Alex Bono nowhere near the ball. His shot rings off the crossbar.
Fafa Picault pings the crossbar with a good strike from the top of the box. He's had the Union's 2 best chances of the game, but has been denied by Bono and the woodwork. #DOOP #TFCLive #PHIvTOR #MLS pic.twitter.com/NnmiIn3ndp— Jason Foster (@JogaBonito_USA) June 9, 2018
54’ — Sebastian Giovinco wanted a free kick or a penalty as a Union defender’s trailing arm caught him in the face, but referee Baldomero Toledo wasn’t having any of it.
47’ — Victor Vazquez goes down after a very hard tackle from Gaddis, who gets a yellow card. TFC fans collectively sigh with relief as Vazquez gets up to continue playing.
HT — Toronto FC take a 1-0 lead into halftime. It wasn’t the most convincing half, with chances at both ends, but the Reds have been moving the ball well and defending as much as necessary. Michael Bradley’s return to midfield has been a huge boost, and Jason Hernandez has been fantastically steady in the back. Victor Vazquez is putting in a vintage performance at the stadium where he made his first MLS start.
45’ — The Union have probably had most of the chances in the last few minutes. Gregory van der Wiel nearly put one into his own net after a cross deflected off him and trickled a foot wide of goal.
20’ — TFC just had a fantastic stroke of luck. Warren Creavalle backheels a shot from Ilsinho into the net, while standing well offside. It was probably going into the net anyway and would’ve been a goal if Creavalle hadn’t touched it, but instead it remains 1-0.
18’ Philadelphia Union 0-1 Toronto FC — My goodness. Victor Vazquez plays one of his best passes yet through a tiny gap in the Union backline and sends Jonathan Osorio in completely alone. Oso finishes with a confident shot past Andre Blake, and the Reds lead!
13’ — Alex Bono comes up HUGE as Fafa Picault gets it on the run with TFC’s defenders caught too high up the pitch. Bono cuts down the angle and stops the point-blank opportunity. TFC need to calm things down a bit.
11’ — A nervy moment for TFC as the Union string a few short passes together around the box, but Ray Gaddis’s shot goes along the ground, about a metre left of goal.
7’ — Jay Chapman triggers a nice little attacking move with a great pass that sends Jonathan Osorio into space on the wing. Chapman is unable to corral Oso’s pass back across, though.
1’ — We’re off! TFC are playing in all white this evening, for only the second time this season.
We’re back for another Friday night game as Toronto FC take on the Philadelphia Union in Chester, Pennsylvania. The Reds will be hoping to finally catch a break and win a game on the road after blowing a three-goal lead against the Columbus Crew last week.
TFC may get some reinforcements tonight with a couple players returning from injury — Nicolas Hasler, Marky Delgado, and Nick Hagglund are apparently all fit, and any of Eriq Zavaleta, Justin Morrow, and Ager Aketxe could be involved as well, according to what we learned from the club’s midweek training.
On the other side of the pitch, Philly will be missing some major names in Alejandro Bedoya and Haris Medunjanin, who will be serving suspensions tonight. They’ve formed the backbone of the Union’s midfield all season, and they’re a very difficult tandem to replace. Apparently we may be seeing former TFC player Warren Creavalle roped in to start, which could be interesting.
The Reds beat Philadelphia 3-0 at BMO Field just a few weeks ago, in perhaps their most convincing win of the season. They drew 2-2 in Philly in their second game of 2017. Three points are very much on the table for TFC tonight; these next two games before the World Cup break will be critical.
Expect TFC to be on the front foot for much of the game; the Union won’t be able to hold possession very well against the more talented Reds, especially without Bedoya and Medunjanin. That said, TFC will need to be wary of a counter attack sprung by the likes of C.J. Sapong, Ilsinho, or David Accam, who’s struggled to start the season but still is a dangerous player with the ball at his feet.
It seems like every week we’re asking if this is the night TFC turn it around. Let’s hope this is the last time we ask that.
Team news: injuries & suspensions
Toronto FC: Jozy Altidore, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga, and Ashtone Morgan will miss out. Eriq Zavaleta, Justin Morrow, and Ager Aketxe would probably be considered questionable, but we don’t know much about their situations. Nick Hagglund, Nicolas Hasler, and Marky Delgado are apparently ready to go, but whether or not any of them will start will be a mystery until we get the team sheets.
Philadelphia Union: Defender Richie Marquez is Philly’s only injured player, and he’s out for a while after having sports hernia surgery.
As mentioned earlier, both Ale Bedoya and Haris Medunjanin are suspended tonight.
Predicting Toronto FC’s lineup against the Philadelphia Union (Benedict Rhodes)
Bedoya and Medunjanin suspended for Union vs. TFC (Charlie O’Connor-Clarke)
Are Toronto FC already at the point of no return? (Mitchell Tierney)
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How to watch
Match date/time: Friday, June 8, 8 p.m.
TV channel: TSN 1, 3, 4, 5 (Canada), WPHL-TV PHIL 17 (Philadelphia)
Live stream: TSN GO, DAZN (Canada), ESPN+ (USA)
Radio: TSN 1050 (Toronto)
Bench: Irwin, Aketxe, Zavaleta, Fraser, Telfer, Ricketts, Mino