The Philadelphia Union looked destined to settle for a disappointing draw that would have put a major dent in their playoff hopes, but an unlikely hero stepped up to deliver a goal that just might ultimately decide whether the Union reach the post-season.
Brazilian midfielder Kleberson scored a perfect free kick goal in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time to help give the Union a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC at PPL Park on Saturday night.
The Brazilian World Cup winner had endured a largely disappointing season since joining the Union from Brazilian club Bahia in an exchange deal that sent Freddy Adu to Bahia, but Kleberson earned himself a ton of good will when he sent his free kick over the wall and past Joe Bendik to secure the Union’s second straight victory.
The Union struggled to put quality chances together, and looked like they might drop a decision when Fabinho was issued a red card in the 77th minute. TFC couldn’t capitalize on the man advantage though, as Philadelphia continued to press for an equalizer.
The win moved Philadelphia back into fifth place in the East, two points clear of the Chicago Fire, with three matches remaining.
Zac MacMath recorded four saves for his league-leading 12th shutout of the season.
Here are the match highlights: