Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union
Venue: BMO Field – Saturday, September 24 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST)
Match Odds: Toronto FC 7/10 – Draw 11/4 – Philadelphia Union 7/2
Toronto need just one point to book their place in the knockout rounds but they will be battling all the way to try and win the Supporters’ Shield.
If Toronto can rally late on and win the Supporters’ Shield they will be the first Canadian side to do so in MLS history and they would be giving themselves a chance of a domestic treble, having already won the Canadian Championship earlier on in the year.
Greg Vanney will be expecting nothing less than three points from his side in this one. They drew their last game 3-3 at home against RBNY, showing great desire to not give up on the points having been 3-1 down.
Philadelphia Union come into this one in contention for a playoff finish. They sit 4th in the East on 41 points trailing Toronto, who are top, by six.
The Union are now winless in their last three, picking up just one point from nine. They lost 2-1 against Portland last time out.
If results go against Philadelphia they could slip down into 5th. There is still a chance of finishing below the red line and if that happens from this point it would be a devastating end to the regular season.
Philadelphia just need to get out of this run of bad form. They’ve won just three of their last 11 regular season games and that kind of form would make it difficult to challenge in the playoffs. They are more than capable and a positive result here would certainly give them confidence.
The Toronto roster remains riddled with injury woes as Jay Chapman and Ashtone Morgan are both out, while Mark Bloom, Tosaint Ricketts and Clint Irwin are all doubts. Sebastian Giovinco could well still be out but the Toronto faithful will be hoping this could be the game he makes his return.
Philadelphia have three injury concerns ahead of this tie as Maurice Edu, Ken Tribbett and Warren Creavalle are all doubts. Josh Yaro is suspended following his yellow card accumulation.
Toronto FC’s last five: W/W/L/W/D
Philadelphia Union’s last five: W/W/L/D/L
Key Stat: Toronto have won their last four matches against Philadelphia Union in all competitions.
Key Player: Jozy Altidore – The Toronto forward is stepping up well in the absence of his strike partner Giovinco. He netted two important goals in their 3-3 draw last time out and he will be looking to fire Toronto to all three points in this one.
Toronto FC 2-1 Philadelphia Union – Toronto to take all three points and continue their push for the Supporters’ Shield. Philadelphia will be disappointed to extend their winless run but away sides have struggled to take points at BMO Field this season.