Not a Great Night for the Philadelphia Union

The Philadelphia Union headed north to take on Toronto FC at BMO field. Philadelphia was coming off a dominant 3-1 victory in DC over the weekend. Toronto FC, on the other hand, sits at the bottom of the Eastern Conference and came into the matchup, losing to Columbus 2-0. The Union looked to gain some ground in the Eastern Conference. They sat in 2nd place coming into Wednesday night.

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At the Start…

To start the game, the Union came out flat with sloppy turnovers on the defensive end. In the 22nd minute, one of the turnovers by Jakob Glesnes led to an early 1-0 lead for Toronto FC. A pass from Deandre Kerr found FC’s star Lorenzo Insigne, who was in front of the net to smash one away.

An injury to midfielder Leon Flach made the Union go to the bench. Jack Mcglynn subbed into the contest in the 33rd minute.

The boys in blue would equalize right before the half. A deflection on a Mikael Uhre pass found Julian Carranza at the back post, and he didn’t miss his chance to add another goal to his season total, giving him his 11th in regular season play and sending Philadelphia into the half tied at one after a rough start.

To the Second…

That wouldn’t last long 12 minutes into the second half, another defensive breakdown led to a shot from the center of the box by Deandre Kerr, leaving Andre Blake helpless, giving Toronto the 2-1 advantage. A few moments later, a defensive collapse by the Union backline gave the Canadian side a 3-1 lead when a beautiful cross into the box found FC legend Jonathan Osorio for the header, putting Toronto up two goals with 27 minutes to go.

Philadelphia had a great chance to pull within one in the 79th minute. A header by Jake Elliott hit off the crossbar, and FC keeper Tomas Romero stopped the rebound by Jesus Bueno. After 90 minutes, the Union would come up short on the road, losing 3-1.

Overall, it was not a great night for the Philadelphia Union, struggling on both sides of the field. They look to get back in the win column Saturday night at Subaru Park when they take on the New York Red Bulls, who are coming off a 1-0 loss to New England.

Diego Bianchi
Diego Bianchi

My name is Diego Bianchi born and raised in Philadelphia. I’m a sports analyst, writer, and show host covering Philadelphia sports for Edge of Philly Sports. I also am a credentialed media member covering the Philadelphia Union for EOP. My passion for sports started since forever ago. At least, it feels like that. Thanks to my amazing family. I love doing this every day. You can catch me every Monday night on the Sully Squad at 6 PM on Edge of Philly Sports.

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