Toronto, ON (May 28, 2011) – The Philadelphia Union (6-3-2) were struggling offensively in 2011, but a week after scoring multiple goals for the first time all season, they broke out in a big way on Saturday at BMO Field, toppling Toronto FC (2-5-6) by a score of 6-2.
First half goals from Gabriel Farfan, Justin Mapp and Kyle Nakazawa gave the Union a comfortable cushion, but Maicon Santos struck back with two tallies early in the second half to put the pressure on Philadelphia.
But the Union scored another three goals to round out the rout, a second from Mapp and two from Danny Mwanga.
The six tallies were double the club’s previous franchise record for goals in a match, launching the Union from tied for 17th in MLS to tied for fourth in total goals scored this season.
Philadelphia’s first goal came in the second minute. Farfan gathered a cross from the left touchline sent in by Jordan Harvey and directed a right-footed shot into the bottom left corner for his first career goal.
Nine minutes later, Mapp sliced through the midfield and made it 2-0 with a left-footed shot from outside the box into the bottom right corner.
Nakazawa added his first career goal in the 44th minute, striking a right-footed shot from the center of the box into the bottom left corner.
Toronto came out looking like a different side in the second half. Maicon Santos netted a brace of his own with goals in the 50th and 59th minute, pulling TFC to within a goal and taking all of the match’s momentum.
But after Faryd Mondragon limited the damage with a couple terrific saves, Mapp’s second goal ended Toronto’s comeback in a hurry. After collecting a poor clearance from TFC goalkeeper Stefan Frei, Mapp struck from distance into the upper left corner to put the Union up 4-2 in the 62nd minute.
Mwanga put the game out of reach in the 72nd minute when he redirected Sebastien Le Toux’s corner into the top of the net, and the second-year striker added another goal in the 89th minute, the first multi-goal output of his career. The tally was the 2010 number one overall pick’s 10th career strike.
The Union, now sitting all alone atop the Eastern Conference, will head to Colorado for another road match on Saturday, June 4, following a mid-week friendly against affiliate club Reading United AC.
PHI -- Gabriel Farfan 1 (Jordan Harvey 1) 3
PHI -- Justin Mapp 1 (Kyle Nakazawa 2) 11
PHI -- Kyle Nakazawa 1 (Danny Mwanga 2, Sebastien Le Toux 2) 44
TOR -- Maicon Santos 4 (Danleigh Borman 1) 50
TOR -- Maicon Santos 5 (Danleigh Borman 2) 59
PHI -- Justin Mapp 2 (unassisted) 62
PHI -- Danny Mwanga 2 (Sebastien Le Toux 3) 72
PHI -- Danny Mwanga 3 (unassisted) 89
Philadelphia Union -- Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Jordan Harvey, Gabriel Farfan, Kyle Nakazawa (Keon Daniel 63), Brian Carroll, Justin Mapp, Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Mwanga.
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Agorsor, Juan Diego Gonzalez, Jack McInerney, Carlos Ruiz, Roger Torres, Zac MacMath.
TOTAL SHOTS: 17; SHOTS ON GOAL: 9; FOULS: 16; OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 2
Toronto FC -- Stefan Frei, Richard Eckersley, Dicoy Williams, Ty Harden (Alen Stevanovic 74), Dan Gargan (Danleigh Borman 46), Tony Tchani, Julian de Guzman (Javier Martina 46), Mikael Yourassowsky, Nick Soolsma, Maicon Santos, Joao Plata.
Substitutes Not Used: Nana Attakora, Adrian Cann, Nathan Sturgis, Milos Kocic.
TOTAL SHOTS: 18; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 11; OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 3
PHI -- Jordan Harvey (caution; Reckless Tackle) 39
Referee: Niko Bratsis
Referee's Assistants: -Claudio Badea; Jason Cullum
4th Official: Ricardo Salazar
Time of Game: 1:48
Weather: Flurries-and-54-degrees Attendance: 20,122