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GAME THREAD: Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Union’s road trip continues as they head to Canada to face the best team in the East.

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The Philadelphia Union haven’t won in their last three, and are in dire need of points if they’re going to improve upon their fourth place standing in the Eastern Conference. They are chasing Toronto FC, who thanks to a New York City FC victory last night slipped to second place in the east. These two teams will face off in Toronto, and a lot is at stake in the Eastern Conference race. Including today’s game, the Union have five games left to make up seven points on NYCFC. Toronto on the other hand has lost just one in their last ten, winning seven of those eleven matches.

Even without star forward Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto is dangerous offensively. Toronto is led by a resurgent Jozy Altidore, who has eight goals in his past nine games. TFC also boasts one of the best defenses in MLS, giving up only 32 goals (third best in MLS). Toronto is a well-balanced team, which makes them tough to beat. The Union will have to be at their best if they’re going to come back to the United States with three points.

Venue: BMO Field (Toronto, ON)
Date: September 24, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM
Television: Ihe Comcast Network (Philadelphia), DirecTV Channel 471, MLS Direct Kick, TSN GO (Canada), TSN2 (Canada), RDS (Canada)
Online Streaming: MLS Live, MLS Direct Kick
Match Preview: Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union
Toronto FC aim for three points against slumping Philadelphia Union
Starting XI
Jozy Altidore, Jordan Hamilton Forward CJ Sapong
Will Johnson, Michael Bradley, Benoit Cheyrou, Jonathan Osorio Midfield Chris Pontius, Alejandro Bedoya, Fabian Herbers; Warren Creavalle, Brian Carroll
Steven Beitashour, Nick Hagglund, Drew Moor, Justin Morrow Defense Keegan Rosenberry, Ken Tribbett, Richie Marquez, Fabinho
Clint Irwin Goalkeeper Andre Blake
Alex Bono, Tsubasa Endoh, Mo Babouli, Eriq Zavaleta, Marky Delgado, Daniel Lovitz, Mark Bloom Bench John McCarthy, Ray Gaddis, Auston Trusty, Maurice Edu, Roland Alberg, Ilsinho, Charlie Davies
Numbers of Note
408 - Number of fouls suffered by the Union this season (most in MLS).
12 - Goal differential for Toronto (2nd best in MLS)
1 - Number of trophies won by Toronto this year.
Game Officials
Referee: Chris Penso
Assistant: Mike Rottersman
Assistant: Adam Garner
Fourth: Daniel Radford