Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Union conclude a busy stretch
of three matches in eight days with an Eastern Conference clash against
Toronto FC on Saturday at BMO Field.
Philadelphia's three-match stretch got off to a poor start against Montreal at
Saputo Stadium last Saturday as Marco Di Vaio burned the Union backline for a
first-half hat trick en route to a 5-3 loss.
Di Vaio got started early as he scored just two minutes into the match.
Philadelphia's own dynamic striker, Jack McInerney, got one back three minutes
later to level the match, but Di Vaio scored in the 28th and 32nd minutes to
make it 3-1 for Montreal at the half.
The Union pulled within one in the 69th minute through Antoine Hoppenot's
first tally of the season, but Andrew Wenger answered off a corner kick to
essentially take the wind out of the Union's comeback sail.
"We tried to come back and get ourselves in the game, we certainly did that,"
said Union manager John Hackworth. "Then [the match] turns and the momentum
that should go in our favor [does not] and we really mismanaged parts of the
Three days later, the Union managed a 2-1 win over Premier Development League
side Ocean City Nor'Easters in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup play and
will face D.C. United in the fourth round of the tournament on June 12.
Philadelphia has conceded 23 goals this season, the highest total in the
Eastern Conference, but Saturday's match against a struggling Toronto side
offers an opportunity to sort out some defensive issues.
Toronto's season is quickly spiraling out of control after a promising start
early on. The Reds secured a surprising 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City
back on March 9. But they haven't taken three points since then -- a winless
run of 10 consecutive matches.
Last time out, Toronto failed to generate any offense in a lackluster 2-0 loss
at Gillette Stadium against the New England Revolution.
Diego Fagundez opened the scoring for the Revs in the 23rd minute and Juan
Agudelo finished the result with a goal in stoppage time.
"They were better than us today," said TFC striker Robert Earnshaw. "They kept
the ball and what they did attacking-wise was better than us. They got two
goals and maybe they could have got one or two more."
In eight all-time meetings, Philadelphia holds a 3-2-3 advantage and the clubs
played to a 1-1 draw at PPL Park on April 13.
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