The Reds, in first place, can take a six point lead – and extend their unbeaten to 10 – with a Follow-and-play win with Michael Singh on TFC’s biggest night of the year to date
77 ’- Wow! Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty almost scores after a great job bringing a Tsubasa Endoh cross down, but his left-footed volley – well-hit – goes straight to Andre Blake A real chance there for the youngster who looks really good since his arrival
Here we go Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty, 16, steps into the game Becomes the youngest @TorontoFC player to ever play for # TFCLive | #PHIvTOR https: // tco / yHYBedCgE2
65 ‘- 18-year-old Ralph Priso enters the game on his Toronto FC / professional debut I wrote about him in the club’s last signing in my last TFC diary
56 ’- GOAL! Philadelphia Union 3-0 Toronto FC – Bar-down Montero Wow, what a strike after a handsome model from Brendan Aaronson at the top of the box But far too easy, again, from Toronto FC
55 ’TOR 0 – 3 PHIFantastic strikes from Monteiro to increase @ PhilaUnion’s lead # TFCLive | #PHIvTOR picTwittercom / p28VfoRfxI
50 ‘- Liam Fraser yelling at Tsubasa Endoh to start appearing may have been a game-changer probably not, but stay tuned
46 ‘- Love these subs from Greg Vanney Justin Morrow and Liam Fraser in the game for Toronto FC, replacing Auro & Marky Delgado Although, to be honest, I thought it would be Endoh who would make way, not Delgado Do the Reds have any magic in them tonight?
HT: Toronto FC 0-2 Philadelphia Union – Reds lag behind break for first time this season Was it the worst 45 ‘we’ve seen from TFC this season?
41 ‘- Sergio Santos makes it almost 3-0, but Michael Bradley actually pulls back just enough to put the ball out of the way In the following turn Quentin Westberg makes a fantastic diving save to his right to keep again things at hand
37 ’- Tsubasa Endoh has been horrible tonight so far Lots of time to change that, but damn
33 ’- GOAL! Philadelphia Union 2-0 Toronto FC – Shocking Toronto FC’s shocking defense as a header from a corner kick is pushed through the net, and four yards out McKenzie – wide open – comes home Oh man Vanney makes a sub as Gallardo checks Mullins
30 ’- LUCK! Another opportunity for Philadelphia as Martinez cuts his weaker foot at the top of the box but his shot is denied by Q TFC has to change SOMETHING Put Poz at LW when we don’t have the ball and throw Gallardo up He was not at all good on the wing
27 ’- GOAL! Toronto FC 0-1 Philadelphia Union – Yeah Union strikes first as Sergio Santos charges Reds for counterattack Superb left-footed ball whipped by Wagner to find striated striker header
27 ’TOR 0 – 1 PHIC counterattack by @PhilaUnion leads to first goal #TFCLive | #PHIvTOR picTwittercom / jvDJbHnEIc
20 ‘- Nothing comes out except a corner 20 minutes later things are aimless but something has to change if you are Toronto FC I have a feeling if the game continues on this path , Philadelphia could be the one to open the scoring
18 « – And we’re back to a 4-5-1 Gallardo plays LM when we don’t have the ball, but RF when we have it? That doesn’t look ideal Free kick ahead for Philadelphia to a really dangerous position
16 ‘- This formation is too random There is too much chaos Nobody is on the same page This team needs more structure for the moment & it seems we have figured this out while I Type this Gallardo is now pushing to the top alongside Poz as the Reds are now in a 4-4-2 clearcut
14 ‘- I completely forgot that Tsubasa Endoh was in this game it’s a really strange formation that we see from Greg Vanney, a formation that we haven’t seen this season
9 ‘- Auro Jr takes a yellow card, which means he won’t be available for Wednesday’s game against New York City FC Fortunately, the fullback has been one of the deepest positions in TFC this season and Justin Morrow (calf) is back in the mix tonight after missing the last ones
6 ’- LUCK! Union forward Przybylko has a great run, but his open head from six yards goes far Diagonal overhead beats TFC’s backline Philadelphia looks like the most dangerous team early
4 ’- When Toronto FC doesn’t have the ball it looks like Erickson Gallardo is playing on the left wing while Alejandro Pozuelo hangs up 4-2-2-2?
1 ’- Players take a knee before kick-off to protest racial injustice – and we’re on our way Toronto FC’s nine-game unbeaten streak is on the line tonight! Can they do 10? It will be quite impressive if they manage to achieve something
7:36 pm EST – Gentlemanly Sports Enthusiast expressed it best in the comments: « I wanted to see more of Gallardo, but NOTLIKETHIS » Nothing to add to that, folks
7:25 pm EST – Small change tonight from what we are used to as a small group of fans will be allowed at Subaru Park and of those in attendance none other than our own Murphy Malone! Make it a home game, Murph!
7:21 pm EST – So FiveThirtyEight had Toronto FC 60% chance of winning the Fan Shield this season as of this morning I wonder if that factored in injuries
7:19 pm EST – And here’s your friendly reminder to leave your guesses for tonight’s final score in our Prediction League! About to break a cold drink in here, what are you all drinking tonight?
7:16 pm EST – How does TSN broadcast Sportscentre instead of an MLS pre-game show? They have a triple header tonight smh
6:55 pm EST – I just figured out we might be seeing False 9 Poz for the first time since the MLS Cup playoffs a year ago No Patrick Mullins in Vanney’s starting XI tonight
6:50 pm EST – This is the first time Toronto FC have not had Pablo Piatti available since the pre-pandemic as well. Well, Gallardo has his chance Which team should Toronto FC play? I am thinking of 4-4-2 as they did last week and that Gallardo plays in this role of Piatti behind the baseline
6:40 pm EST – Toronto FC starting XI just dropped, and yikes Erickson Gallardo is making his first start for the Reds since the pre-pandemic because you can add Pablo Piatti’s name to T’s long list
6:30 p.m. EST – Here we go We were waiting for this one as the Reds make a much-anticipated visit to Subaru Park to take on second-placed Philadelphia Union, who are eager to gain ground at Toronto FC in the Supporters’ Shield race Thank you once again for joining us, and if this is your first time you have chosen a great outing because this game should have that playoff feel even without fans Look for the level of intensity right off the bat because I expect both teams to be eager to start from the start But as always, you know where we are Come On You RED
TORONTO, Canada – Toronto FC’s strong performances in recent times have seen them take first place in the MLS regular season standings And now, as the Reds prepare to travel to Philadelphia on Saturday, the club have the opportunity to open a six-point lead over their closest rivals, the Philadelphia Union, ahead of the final three games of the regular season Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST
Over the past 10 days or so, TFC and its fans have experienced a range of emotions from disappointment when the New York Red Bulls equalized Wednesday night to take a five-game winning streak, to the anger and frustration at the news that the Fan Shield would not be awarded this year, and finally, to excitement as Pablo Piatti scored a late winner to snatch three points against Atlanta on Sunday
Piatti’s astute 89th-minute winner secured the Argentinean a part of last week’s MLS Team of the Week with right-back Richie Laryea, who produced another solid performance and provided help to the winner of Piatti’s match, also being among last week’s best
The duo’s contribution extended the Reds’ undefeated run to nine games in which the Reds have won seven times, six with a one-goal margin, and drawn twice
While a fan shield decision has yet to be overturned, it’s clear that finishing the regular season atop the standings is still a priority for Greg Vanney and his team.
#TFCLive Vanney on Fan Shield decision: « If we win this thing we’re gonna lift a trophy I told the guys we’re gonna get a manhole cover and spray paint this thing and lift it «
Sunday night saw the return of club captain Michael Bradley after a long stint on the sidelines with a knee injury.However, her introduction was bittersweet as she replaced alternate captain Jonathan Osorio, who was forced to leave the match in the middle of the first half At halftime, Vanney was hopeful that Osorio’s exit wasn’t a big deal and said it was a ‘precautionary submarine’
Looks like the Reds head coach expects the Canada international to be back this weekend, which will be another boost for the team as the Reds move closer to full power, but we’ll have an update on that closer to the match Time For what it’s worth, Bradley looked like he didn’t miss a beat, and the Reds should also have Ayo Akinola and Chris Mavinga in the mix after they both missed out against Atlanta with minor strains.
It won’t be an easy task for TFC on Saturday night, however The Philadelphia Union are currently just three points behind the Reds and are currently on an unbeaten streak where they have collected points in four straight games, including three wins after a 2-1 win over the New England Revolution last week Their last loss came against these same Reds at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field when Ayo Akinola and Alejandro Pozuelo scored in the second half to defeat an early strike from Sergio Santos
Although both teams have clinched a berth in this year’s playoffs, Supporters ’Shield or not, there is still a lot to play on Saturday night
Who: Philadelphia Union When: Saturday, Oct 24, 7:30 p.m. ET Where: Subaru Park TV: TSN 1/4 Radio: TSN 1050
Toronto FC, Philadelphia Union, MLS
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