By IVES GALARCEP
Same two teams, same outcome.
Just three days after beating Toronto FC at PPL Park, the Philadelphia Union traveled to Canada and pulled off the same trick again, shutting out TFC one more time on the way to a 2-0 victory at BMO Field.
Conor Casey and Andrew Wenger both scored header goals that exposed a lackluster Toronto FC defense on a day when the TFC attack wasn’t any better.
The win pushed the Union into third place in the East, three points clear of TFC, which is suddenly in jeopardy of slipping out of playoff position. TFC currently stand fifth in the East, ahead of the Columbus Crew only on goal difference, but the New York Red Bulls could leapfrog both teams into fifth place with a win vs. Sporting Kansas City tonight.
Casey opened the scoring against his former team in the eight minute when he headed home a perfect Sheanon Williams cross to make the score 1-0. The goal is Casey’s eighth of the season.
TFC looked likely to head into halftime down just a goal, but an unmarked Wenger added to the lead in the 44th minute when he headed home a headed pass from Williams.
Toronto FC had chances in the second half, but couldn’t break through, coming close in the 77th minute when Jackson headed one off the crossbar. Michael Bradley came close as well in the 89th minute when he followed up his own free kick with a rocket shot, only to have it blast off the goal frame.
With the win, the Union are 4-1 in their past five matches, and can put a stranglehold on a playoff spot with a win next week at home vs. the Red Bulls. Toronto FC must regroup as they attempt to snap a 1-0-4 slide heading into next week’s meeting with the Chicago Fire.
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