Monday, May 30, 2011

High-Scoring Union Steal Points in Toronto

The Union celebrated six goals on the night.

“High-scoring” is a rare term used when describing a soccer game. However that is the only way to describe Philadelphia’s 6-2 shellacking over Toronto on Saturday. It was the men against the boys as the Toronto defense continued to capitulate while the minutes wore on.

The Philadelphia Union arrived to in Toronto hoping to pick up a road point or perhaps steal three. In fact, they went in to BMO field and absolutely destroyed the boys in red. Within the first 11 minutes, the Union were already up by two goals and the TFC fans were left to wonder if they were to witness another day in which their team fell to the opposition.  Instead they saw their team concede more goals than ever before.
Philadelphia scored their first goal in the 2nd and their second came in the 11th.  The first goal came courtesy of Gabriel Farfan and the second from a brilliant strike via Justin Mapp from outside the eighteen. Mapp enjoyed perhaps his best game in a Union jersey scoring twice on the night and wreaking havoc on TFC.

Kyle Nakazawa put the Union up by three just before the half after being assisted by Mwanga and Sebastien Le Toux. Le Toux was frustrated at not scoring, however his offensive potency was still boosted as a result of his two assists on the night.

For a brief time, it looked as though Toronto might have mounted a comeback on the shoulders of Maicon Santos who scored two goals, one in the 50th minute and the second in the 59th. The scoreline was only close for three minutes as Justin Mapp took his second goal of the night unassisted in the 62nd and Danny Mwanga beat Stefan Frei in the 72nd and 89th.

It was a rough night to wear a red jersey and perhaps just another day as a Toronto fan. The mostly TFC crowd of 20,122 left disappointed again. Truly, the fans of TFC are dedicated, knowledgeable and educated in the game of soccer… and yet, they are consistently let down by management, players and the scorelines. Those fans deserve better and it is a shame that such a soccer rich city be subjected to what they are year after year. 

“When you are rebuilding, there are ups and downs,” Aron Winter said. “And also after a defeat like today you have to stay calm. I could be upset with the guys, but you have to still have faith and train on those things.” Those words are likely little comfort as Toronto fans feel let down...again.
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The Union however are using their sophomore year to prove they should be ranked among the league’s elite teams. While perhaps not on the same caliber of the Galaxy or Red Bulls (despite their victory), they are certainly amongst the top teams in MLS. The Sons of Ben and the entire Philadelphia fan base are sure to be pleased with their team’s revelation in 2011. 

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