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TORONTO - Another late game collapse by Toronto FC allowed the Philadelphia Union to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat on Saturday evening in front of 19, 221 in attendance. Dramatic goals by Jonathan Osorio and Jack McInerney cancelled each other out as the 1-1 draw saw TFC end a five game losing streak but also extend their current winless streak to twelve matches.
Toronto came out of the gate strong and dominated the first half while having 63% of possession and relentlessly pushing the ball into the final third.
While insertion of Osorio and Bobby Convey into TFC’s starting eleven drastically improved the home team’s passing and ball movement compared to recent performances, it was Philadelphia that came within inches of opening the scoring when Union forward Sebastien Le Toux saw his shot ricochet off the goalpost in the 20th minute.
TFC’s impressive first half momentum was slowed significantly in the 41st minute when 20 year old central defender Doneil Henry was sent off for earning his second yellow card of the game for a foul on Philadelphia midfielder Danny Cruz.
The Union did little with the man advantage for much of the second half and ultimately opened the door for Toronto to reward themselves for their own intelligent play with only ten men.
Some excellent pressing by TFC in the 66th minute allowed second half substitute Jeremy Brockie to send a dangerous cross through the Union box that Canadian International Jonathan Osorio dove for and forcefully headed into the back of the net after beating Philadelphia defender Amobi Okugo inside the far post.
TFC supporters had even more to cheer about in the 86th minute when Designated Player Danny Koevermans came on for Brockie and made his first appearance since suffering an ACL injury last July.
A Union side that appeared taken aback by the Osorio goal and that had not really threatened through the entirety of the game then shocked Toronto and their supporters when a low shot from McInerney found the back of the net in the 90th minute.
With the draw, TFC Head Coach Ryan Nelsen and his squad are still looking for their first league victory at BMO Field this season. Philadelphia are now winless in two straight games against Canadian opposition, with today’s result following on the heel’s of a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Montréal Impact last weekend.
Toronto head into a bye week and will play their next match on June 15 away to D.C. United.
TFC – Jonathan Osorio 66’
PHI – Jack McInerney 90’+
PHI – Brian Carroll 25’ (caution)
PHI – Zac MacMath 27’ (caution)
TFC – Doneil Henry 27’ (caution)
TFC – Doneil Henry 41’ (second caution & ejection)
TFC – Matias Laba 77’ (caution)
PHI – Jeff Parke 84’ (caution)
TORONTO FC RECORD: 1-7-5 8 POINTS
PHILADELPHIA UNION RECORD: 5-5-4 19 POINTS
Toronto FC – Joe Bendik; Ryan Richter, Steven Caldwell, Doneil Henry, Darren O’Dea ©; Jonathan Osorio, Jeremy Hall, Matias Laba, Bobby Convey; Luis Silva (Ashtone Morgan 45’), Robert Earnshaw (Jeremy Brockie 61’) ( Danny Koevermans 86’)
Substitutes not used: Quillan Roberts, Gale Agbossoumonde, Reggie Lambe
Philadelphia Union – Zac MacMath; Sheanon Williams, Jeff Parke, Amobi Okugo, Raymon Gaddis; Brian Carroll ©, Danny Cruz, Michael Farfan (Antoine Hoppenot 71’), Jose Klberson (Keon Daniel 15’); Sebastien Le Toux (Conor Casey 60’), Jack McInerney
Subsitutes Not Used: Chris Konopka, Matt Kassel, Chris Albright, Leo Fernandes