Damien Perquis vs. Philadelphia

Eastern Conference Look Ahead: Philadelphia Up Next

With four games to go in Toronto FC’s regular season the playoff picture isn’t the clearest just yet.

The Reds did their part, coming from behind to secure three crucial points against the Chicago Fire. Sebastian Giovinco recorded his 20th goal of the season (after some debate) in the 3-2 win. With the goal Seba became the first player in league history with at least 20 goals and 10 assists in one season. With 20 goals and 15 assists he also passed Chris Wondolowski for most combined goals and assists in a MLS season.

Elsewhere, Didier Drogba powered the Montreal Impact to a 2-0 win over D.C. United. Montreal is in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind Toronto. D.C, who sit in fourth place, are now within reach for both Canadian sides. Columbus lost to Portland while Philadelphia held New England to a draw. Suddenly, it appears second place could be up for grabs if the Reds can take care of their own business.

Here are the games to watch this week:

Sep 30 - (U.S. Open Cup Final) Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City, 7:00 PM ET.

Oct 2 - D.C. United vs. New York City FC, 7:00 PM ET.

Oct 3 - Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union, 5:00 PM ET (TICKETS).

Oct 3 - RBNY vs. Columbus Crew, 7:00 PM ET.

Oct 3 - Orlando City SC vs. Montreal Impact, 7:30 PM ET.

Oct 3 - Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution, 8:30 PM ET.

News and Notes 

  • Philadelphia head coach Jim Curtin rested a number of his starters against New England, with the Union banking on a U.S. Open Cup win to salvage a tough season.
  • Andre Blake produced 10 saves against the Revolution in his strongest game of the season. Fernando Aristeguieta’s goal in the 65th minute secured a 1-1 draw at Gillette Stadium for the visitors. Former Red Warren Creavalle assisted on the game tying goal. 
  • The Union lost in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup Final to the Seattle Sounders. It was a heartbreaking result for Curtin’s side, who fell 3-1 in extra time thanks to goals from Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins.
  • TFC have taken the first two meetings against the Union this season. A stunning Sebastian Giovinco free kick secured a 1-0 win at PPL Park in May. In July, the Reds prevailed 2-1.
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