Philadelphia Union takes to the road for the penultimate time as they travel north of the border to face off against Toronto FC on Wednesday night. Kick off from BMO Field is set for 7:30 p.m. ET with fans able to watch the action live on PHL17 and PhiladelphiaUnion.com.
The Boys in Blue currently occupy second place in the Eastern Conference after handing Nashville SC just its fourth loss of the season. With the Union faithful cheering on the squad at Subaru Park, Jim Curtin's side dominated the first half with its high press. That pressure resulted in a handball early in the match with Kacper Przybylko netting his 11th goal of the season with a smooth finish from the penalty spot. On the other end of the pitch, the Union defense limited its opponent to just six shots in route to an 11th clean sheet in league play.
Wednesday night's battle in Toronto will be the second regular season meeting between the two sides. Philly grabbed all three points with a 3-0 rout in the opening half. Jakob Glesnes opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a header off the back of his noggin. Midfielder Daniel Gazdag doubled the advantage with a strong blast from the penalty spot and was quickly followed up by Sergio Santos' in the 36th. Toronto FC nearly got back into the match with a penalty shot but Andre Blake was again a brick wall, denying Yeferson Soteldo.
2021 has seen the usual Eastern Conference contender at the other end of the standings with Toronto FC entering the match with just 26 points in 31 matches. Despite being eliminated from MLS Cup Playoff contention, Toronto FC played the role of spoiler last time out against their Canadian rivals. Trailing by a goal in the dying moments of the match, Jozy Altidore beat the keeper to the near post with a free kick in the final minute of second-half stoppage time. Over the past month, Toronto has found some form with results in five of their last seven contests including a home win over Nashville SC.