TORONTO – The Philadelphia Union came into the match at BMO Field full of confidence after their 3-0 beat down of the Portland Timbers last weekend, but Toronto FC had other ideas with Sebastian Giovinco one again showing why he already being touted as the 2015 MLS MVP.
After setting up youngster, Marky Delgado for Toronto FC’s first goal of the match, the Italian international scored a lovely goal from a fantastic individual effort to give the Reds a 2-0 lead. Jim Curtain’s side would eventually pull one back in the 90th minute, through second half substitute, Conor Casey, but it was too little too late.
Toronto had several starts back in the lineup after Canada was eliminated from the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Tuesday, and Jozy Altidore was sent home by Jurgen Klinsmann from the USMNT. Having the likes of Jonathon Osorio, Ashtone Morgan, and the aforementioned Altidore back in the starting XI, was a big difference maker on Saturday afternoon.
“It was nice to get back with the guys.” said Osorio following the match. “Seeing them play the last two games and not getting the results we wanted. It sucks to see that when you know that you might be able to help the team a little bit. You can be there to contribute but it was nice to be there today. The whole team played well today. Maybe it wasn’t the performance that we planned but we got the job done and got the three points.”
With the win, Toronto moved up to third place in the Eastern Conference, with 27 points from their opening 18 matches. The club will travel to Columbus to take on their Trillium Cup rival, the Crew next Saturday. However, Toronto will take on a familiar face on Wednesday night first, when Jermain Defoe and Sunderland come to town to play a friendly at BMO Field.
Philadelphia on the other hand, currently sit in seventh spot, with 22 points from their opening 21 matches. Much like TFC, the Union will also be in midweek action, but will play a competitive match against the New York Red Bulls in the U.S. Open Cup. Their next league match takes place next Sunday when they visit RFK stadium to take on Eastern Conference leaders, D.C. United.