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Mistakes, poor finishing doom Philadelphia Union against Toronto FC

CHESTER, Pa. — The Philadelphia Union controlled the majority of their Friday contest with Toronto FC.

Jim Curtin’s side tried to build up pressure in the final third with a boisterous crowd at Talen Energy Stadium behind them, but it was all for naught as two mistakes led to a 2-0 defeat to their Eastern Conference foes. 

Jonathan Osorio bagged a pair of goals for the visitors in the 19th and 79th minute to hand the Reds their third consecutive regular-season victory over the Union. 

“Soccer can be a cruel game at times,” Union manager Jim Curtin said. “Starting the way we did, creating a ton of chances in the first half. We put a very attack-minded lineup on the field.  The guys did everything to create chances in the first half, but we just weren’t clinical.”

After a decent start, Union centerback Mark McKenzie read an incoming pass from Victor Vazquez wrong, and it allowed Osorio to flow through the final third and beat Andre Blake for the opening tally of the contest. 

“When you look at their first goal, Mark gets caught with Keegan going to intercept the ball,” Curtin said. “As a center back if you’re going to intercept, you have to come away with it or end the play. He took a little bit of a risk, but the young guys had a lot of good plays tonight, but also had mistakes, but that’s part of growing up.” 

Throughout the first half, the Union created some scoring opportunities, but the play in front of goal was poor at best, as Fafa Picault rolled a one-on-one opportunity into the body of Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono and Warren Creavalle’s deflection from an offside position in the 21st minute cost Ilsinho an equalizer. 

Jun 8, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Union midfielder Ilsinho (25) reacts after a goal is called back on an off side play against the Toronto FC during the first half at Talen Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Union attempted to throw the kitchen sink at Toronto in the form of attacking substitutions Cory Burke and David Accam, as well as bringing on Derrick Jones to push Borek Dockal up to the No. 10 position. 

However, the chances came few and far between and the visitors finished off the contest in the 79th minute, when Sebastian Giovinco picked off a bad throw by Keegan Rosenberry. 

“I thought we had a good start to the second half,” Curtin said. “I felt like we were going to get a goal. The guys had a really good performance, but at the same time, we make a mistake on the throw-in while we’re chasing the game and that happens.” 

Giovinco fed a surging Osorio in the middle of the penalty area and powered his second goal of the night past Blake. 

Accam produced a late scoring chance in the 87th minute, but Bono came up with a fine save on the right side of the box to preserve Toronto’s shutout. 

The Reds left Talen Energy Stadium with a 287-minute shutout streak against the Union dating back to March 11, 2017. 

“The most important thing was the three points,” Osorio said. “To add a clean sheet away from home is huge for us. We’ve got to get back being hard to play against and not conceding so easily. This was a step in the right direction. Now we just need to keep going.” 

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