On a rainy Saturday night in Chester, PA, the Philadelphia Union took on Toronto F.C. Mikael Uhre led the way with three goals in the contest. The Union took it to Toronto right from the jump. Julian Carranza had two good chances to get the game started. In the 8th minute, a great cross from Jose “Brujo” Martinez found Julian whose header went just left and thirty seconds later a Jack Mcglynn won a ball right outside the box that he put across net and found Carranza for a shot that went just left once again.
The Pressure Was On
That pressure would eventually pay off for the Union in the 16th minute. A pass by Kai Wagner freed Julian, Carranza then sent a pass in front of the goal that somehow found Daniel Gazdag for a shot on Sean Johnson who made the initial save. The rebound came out to defender Sigurd Rosted. Sigurd tried to clear the ball out of play but it deflected off his own teammate Lukas Macnaughton and into the back of the net for an own goal to give the boys in blue the 1-0 lead early on.
It wouldn’t take long for the home team to get on the board again. Just four minutes later, Mikkel Uhre’s shot deflected off an FC defender again for a goal. After a lengthy review, it was upheld. The Union took a 2-0 advantage through 20 minutes of play.
In the 43rd minute, an amazing turn by Daniel Gazdag in between two Toronto midfielders gave him space to put a beautiful ball through for Uhre, who took care of the rest for his 2nd of the night. Philly took a 3-0 lead into halftime, capping off the best 45 minutes of soccer they have played all season.
Uhre Hat Trick
Uhre would complete his hat-trick in the 56th minute with a crisp pass from Julian, who played a brilliant game and found him on an outstanding run.
Toronto would score twice, once in the 66th minute with a Golazo from Italian Lorenzo Insigne and in the 92nd minute by Richie Laryea.
In the end, the Philadelphia Union got back on the right foot against Toronto F.C. in the regular season getting their first home win since a 1-0 victory over Chicago Fire on March 11th. The Union improve their record to 3-2-4 and back into a playoff spot through 9 games.
The boys in blue get ready for a big matchup in the Concacaf Champions League semis vs last year’s finals opponent LAFC Wednesday night at 9 pm on FS1. Next Saturday will be the Union’s bye week in the regular season, right in time for leg 2 of the CCL semifinals in California.
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.