Recap: Toronto FC 1-1 Union

Sheanon Williams scores late equalizer to salvage a point

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Toronto, ON. (September 15, 2012) – Philadelphia Union made it three draws from their last four games on Saturday afternoon after scoring late to earn a point away to Toronto FC.

Despite controlling possession for large spells, the visitors fell behind just before the hour when Eric Hassli found the corner of the net from inside the box but Sheanon Williams was on hand to turn in Antoine Hoppenot's low cross with just five minutes remaining to ensure the points were shared.

It was a cagey affair in the opening exchanges as both sides tried to settle into a tempo and a style of play which would yield a first win in eight for the hosts and six for the visitors. Ultimately, both sides were left to reflect on extending those winless runs.

It didn’t take long for the Union to settle on the ball however, adding to statistics which had seen them record a shade under 60% possession across their last three games and double the attempts on goal of their opponents.

Michael Lahoud and Brian Carroll once again formed a protective barrier in front of the back four which allowed the lively Danny Cruz, Michael Farfan and Freddy Adu to fizz the ball around in behind lone striker Jack McInerney – the sole change, in place of Antoine Hoppenot, from the goalless draw at New England two weeks ago.

Despite controlling possession, it was to cause only limited danger to the Toronto goal as Milos Kocic claimed a number of crosses from both flanks as well as racing out of his goal to deny an onrushing Danny Cruz.

As the half wore on, it was Paul Mariner’s Toronto who looked the most likely to score first, with Eric Hassli and Luis Silva looking the most likely combination to crack John Hackworth’s well-organized defensive unit.

It was Silva who had the best chance of the first half, bursting forward as the Reds’ offense went two on two before slamming his shot wide of Zac MacMath’s post as Amobi Okugo scrambled to block, before setting up Hassli who headed wide on the stroke of half time.

HALF TIME: Toronto FC 0-0 Philadelphia Union

The Union would sustain their territorial advantage at the start of the second half but would relinquish the advantage where it mattered a shade before the hour mark.

The hosts broke their lines – with a hint of offside – after being hemmed in by the Union and from the right, Luis Silva found the thorny presence of Hassli who took a touch before dragging his shot low across MacMath and into the bottom corner.

The Union responded with urgency as they desperately sought a foothold in the game; John Hackworth ringing the changes both with personnel and tactics as the match drew to a close by introducing Chandler Hoffman, fellow forward Antoine Hoppenot and midfielder Roger Torres - with the ideal effect.

With the game seemingly ebbing away, the three replacements combined to finally ignite the Union in front of goal.

Despite taking a poor free kick, Torres recovered to skip left to right across the edge of the 18 yard box before finding Hoffman, who swung the ball out wide to Hoppenot and the rookie delivered the clinical low cross for Williams to steer home with just five minutes left to play.

FULL TIME: Toronto FC 1-1 Philadelphia Union

 

ATTENDANCE: 15,669.

LINEUPS:

Toronto FC starting XI: Milos Kocic, Jeremy Hall, Richard Eckersley, Darren O’Dea, Logan Emery, Aaron Maund, Terry Dunfield, Ryan Johnson, Reggie Lambe, Luis Silva, Eric Hassli (Quincy Amarikwa, 80).

Subs not used: Freddy Hall, Andrew Wiedeman, Adrian Cann, Eric Avila, Matt Stinson, Dicoy Williams.

Philadelphia Union starting XI: Zac MacMath, Sheanon Williams, Gabriel Farfan (Roger Torres, 83), Amobi Okugo, Carlos Valdes (c), Brian Carroll, Michael Lahoud (Chandler Hoffman, 61), Michael Farfan, Danny Cruz, Freddy Adu (Antoine Hoppenot, 71), Jack McInerney.

Subs not used: Chase Harrison, Raymon Gaddis, Chris Albright, Jimmy McLaughlin.

 

GAME AT A GLANCE:

 

TORONTO FC

PHILADELPHIA UNION

Goals

1

1

Attempts on goal

9

7

Shots on target

2

1

Shots off target

7

3

Possession

36.7%

63.3%

Corners

7

4

Fouls

19

13

Offsides

5

2

Total passes

247

448

Passing accuracy

63.6%

79%

Yellow cards

2

2

Red cards

0

0

 

CARD SUMMARY:

TORONTO FC                                                      

Yellow:   Hassli, 23; J.Hall, 84.

PHILADELPHIA UNION

Yellow: M.Farfan, 39; Carroll, 90+3.