Toronto FC come to Talen Energy Stadium in no better shape than they were a month ago, when they beat the Union 3-0 at home. TFC sat at the bottom of the table then, and they’ve barely managed to pull themselves out of that pit. They currently boast the third-worst points per game total in the Eastern Conference, and the sixth-worst total league-wide. Since their spanking of the Union in May, they’ve taken only four points from five games. Two of their three losses in that stretch have come at home. TFC surely expected to drop points as they threw everything at the Concacaf Champions League, but a prolonged CCL hangover has them struggling to salvage their season.
Despite picking up two red cards and zero points to speak of in Atlanta, the Union have had their best five-game stretch of the season by far. Dominant home wins against Real Salt Lake and the Chicago Fire and impressive road performances against the Montreal Impact and New York Red Bulls have the Union just barely outside of the playoff picture. A win against a talented but floundering TFC side would keep the good times rolling for a Union side that got the season off to a terrible start.
Those aforementioned red cards will make it significantly harder to do that, though, as the Union will miss both Haris Medunjanin and Alejandro Bedoya for tonight’s game. TFC is not without selection issues; however, as center backs Drew Moor and Chris Mavinga are both still injured, as is forward Jozy Altidore, who’s played only three games this season.
Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Keegan Rosenberry, Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty, Ray Gaddis; Warren Creavalle, Derrick Jones; Marcus Epps, Borek Dockal, Fafa Picault; CJ Sapong
Toronto FC: Alex Bono; Auro, Jason Hernandez, Michael Bradley, Gregory van der Wiel; Jay Chapman, Liam Fraser, Jonathan Osorio, Ryan Telfer; Victor Vazquez; Sebastian Giovinco
How to Watch
Where: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pennsylvania
When: 8:00 PM ET, June 8, 2018
TV: PHL17, TSN 1/3/4/5 (Canada)
Radio: Union Radio