TORONTO – Philadelphia Union's struggles continued on Saturday, as the club fell 1-0 to Toronto FC at BMO Field.
Second-half substitute Danny Koevermans muscled home a shot in the 88th minute to give Toronto their first points in league play this season. Philadelphia (2-7-2) are winless in their past five games.
Philadelphia were outplayed in the first half, but started better in the second. Both teams had their share of chances, including Philadelphia’s Michael Farfan hitting the crossbar with a blast from 35 yards out in the 50th minute.
Toronto didn't fold, though, and Chris Konopka saved a close-range header by Doneil Henry off a corner in the 63rd minute.
Konopka was alert on a couple of Toronto's late chances, but he couldn’t cope with Koevermans’ second effort on a shot from just outside the left side of the post. It came after some determined work down the left side by second-half substitute and fellow Dutchman Nick Soolsma.
Konopka also had his area besieged in the first several minutes of the game as Toronto had the early advantage. He saved on Reggie Lambe’s shot from the right side of the box, before Lambe put the rebound wide. Soon after, Ryan Johnson misfired twice.
Konopka, Philadelphia’s third-string goalkeeper, was playing because of injuries to Zac MacMath and Chase Harrison. His last MLS game was when he was with the New York Red Bulls last Aug. 13 in a 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire.
Philadelphia had a little bit better of the play in the middle portion of the first half, but were leaving themselves vulnerable to long passes to the Toronto forwards. Torsten Frings to Johnson was a particularly effective combination.
Late in the first half, Toronto again buzzed around Konopka’s goal without getting a direct shot, although Adrian Cann sent a header just wide.
The first half finished with Toronto having nine attempts at goal to Philadelphia¹s two. Toronto had one shot on goal and Philadelphia none.
The Union play the Rochester Rhinos at PPL Park in a U.S. Open Cup match on Tuesday. Philadelphia¹s next league game is June 16 at home to D.C. United.
HIGHLIGHTS: Toronto FC 1, Union 0