World News – CA – Toronto FC beaten 5-0 by Philadelphia Union in high-level showdown

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Philadelphia Union’s Sergio Santos, left, directs the ball into the goal past Toronto FC’s Omar Gonzalez in the first half of an MLS game on Saturday Oct February 24, 2020 in Chester, Pennsylvania

Sergio Santos scored three goals as the Philadelphia Union beat Toronto FC 5-0 in a high-profile showdown on Saturday night, ending TFC’s unbeaten nine-game streak

Mark McKenzie and Jamiro Monteiro added singles with Kacper Przybylko contributing three assists for runaway Philadelphia The margin of victory could have been higher had it not been for some good saves from overloaded Toronto killer Quentin Westberg

The unbalanced victory saw the Union take first place in the League and the Eastern Conference on goal difference against Toronto with both teams at 12-3-5 TFC had gone 7- 0-2 since suffering a pair of losses in September 1 and 5, against Montreal and Vancouver respectively

This was the first time Toronto had given up five goals since a 5-1 loss to Houston in April 2018 On that day, Toronto fielded a second string ahead of a CONCACAF Champions League game

Philadelphia have led their unbeaten streak to five (4-0-1) since a 2-1 loss to Toronto on Oct. 3 at East Hartford The Union has also improved to 7-0-0 in the league this season at Subaru Park, which opened with local authorities allowing 15% capacity, or around 2,775 spectators

Philadelphia wasted little time joining a Toronto lineup, missing out on big names through injury Used to being the hammer, Toronto was the highlight tonight and ended up 2-0 after 33 minutes

The Union beat Toronto 15-1 (6-0 on shots on target) in the only first half, with 60% possession and nine corners against a TFC

The Union took the lead in the 27th minute on a quick counterattack after Brazilian full-back Auro and Erickson Gallardo both lost possession for Toronto in the Philadelphia volley Jose Martinez swept the ball wide to Kai Wagner, who raced down the left flank and floated into a perfect cross that Santos directed as defender Omar Gonzalez scrambled for the ball in vain

The Union doubled the lead from a corner corner in the 33rd minute, taking advantage of a shambolic defense Monteiro’s corner kick found Przybylko alone over the back post and he threw a header towards an unmarked McKenzie for lead him up close as half a dozen defenders watched

Toronto coach Greg Vanney had seen enough, replacing Gallardo with Patrick Mullins in the 35th minute

Monteiro made it 3-0 in the 56th minute with an explosive shot that cracked across the crossbar after a gift from Liam Fraser Santos scored his second goal of the night in the 63rd minute, hitting a cross of Wagner with little opposition from Toronto Model led by Brenden Aaronson added sizzle to goal

Santos ‘hat trick came in the 68th minute, with the unnamed Brazilian knocking into an Aaronson cross over Westberg This brought Santos’ total goals to seven

Toronto captain Michael Bradley, who came off the bench last week upon returning from a knee injury, made his first start since September 1 It was his 200th career MLS regular-season start

But Vanney had plenty of other injury issues, including designated player Pablo Piatti who lacked calf tension

Center-back Chris Mavinga and forward Ayo Akinola missed their second straight game with hamstring issues Midfielder Jonathan Osorio, who left last week’s 1-0 win over Atlanta after just 20 minutes due to a hamstring injury, did not dress

Star forward Jozy Altidore, another Toronto DP, is a long-time victim with a grade 2 hamstring strain

Richie Laryea, Nick DeLeon and Gallardo entered the starting 11 Gallardo had played just 62 minutes in two substitutes since March 7, when he started the second game of the season

Alejandro Pozuelo played up front with Tsubasa Endoh, Gallardo and DeLeon trying to offer their support But the Toronto attack offered nothing and Pozuelo, usually a game changer, was rarely seen

Justin Morrow, who had missed the last four games with calf strain, and Fraser replaced Auro and Marky Delgado at halftime

Midfielder Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty, who turned 16 on June 16, became the youngest player to take part in TFC in the 72nd minute – four minutes after Santos came out to applause

Heading into the contest, Toronto had lost just two of 29 regular season games (16-2-11) since a 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on August 3, 2019

TFC have three regular season games to play – New York City FC, Inter Miami and New York Red Bulls Auro to miss NYCFC midweek game due to yellow card buildup

Bedoya, the Philadelphia captain, returned from suspension with Martinez joining him after completing quarantine after an absence on an international mission

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