Hey folks. Thanks for joining us for another Story Stream on UnionFanTV. On the road again is the Philadelphia Union, who has traveled North of the Border to take on Supporters’ Shield leader Toronto Football Club tonight, at BMO Field.  

Here you’ll find the latest updates, player injury reports, key stats and figures, as well as commentary, which will be posted throughout the entire matchday, including the match itself.

Tonight’s Starting XI

Jim Curtin has named his team for tonight’s match against Toronto, which you can find below:

8:09 PM — 

1′ : Match is underway from BMO Field

Here we go.

7′ : Giovinco on a breakaway … 

Saved by Andre Blake! Blake comes out strong and stops the Italian cold. Welcome back, Dre.

9′ : Free kick to TFC

It’ll surely be Giovinco to take, from just outside the 18 yard box.

GOAL.

It’s the Atomic Ant, and it’s 1-0 to the home side. It’s Giovinco’s 13th of the season.

16′ : Jozy Altidore slots it home …

Scratch that: the American is rightly called offside.

28′ : Free kick to TFC, yellow card to Fabinho

Fabinho pulled Altidore back at the top of the 18. It’ll be Giovinco to take, again …

29′ : Nicolas Hasler makes it 2-0 for Toronto

Hasler’s glancing header is no match for Blake, who watches the ball kiss off the crossbar and into the side netting.

8:55 PM —

45′ : That’s the end of the First Half at BMO Field

It’s 2-0 to the home side. Goals courtesy of Giovinco and Hasler.

9:12 PM — Second Half begins

Curtin’s side are down (and probably out).

57′ : Altidore joins the party

A poor clearance from Fabinho results in an Altidore finish to the side netting. It was the perfect finish, after a mesmerizing give-and-go at the top of the 18.

60′ : Ilsinho’s strike is palmed away by Alex Bono

Fantastic shot from the Brazilian, fantastic save from the TFC ace.

65′ : Giovinco’s shot flashes over the bar

It’s not looking good, folks.

72′ : Kick save by Blake!

Tremendous save by the Jamaican on Stephen Beitashour.

90′ : That’s the match. 

It ends 3-0 to Toronto.

Thanks for joining us this evening. Good night. 

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Welcome back to another Story Stream on UnionFanTV. Here you’ll find the latest updates, player injury reports, key stats and figures, as well as commentary throughout the entire matchday, including the match itself. 

9:00 AM —

Morning, all.

It’s Matchday 23 for the Philadelphia Union, who will welcome FC Dallas to Talen Energy Stadium later this evening.

Injury Report

FC Dallas come to Chester nearing full-strength for Saturday’s out-of-conference clash. There are no injuries to report for the Texan club, although they do have two players currently serving suspension.

Dallas defender, Atiba Harris will not be available for selection, after picking up one too many yellow cards. He’s out for Yellow Card Accumulation.

Ecuadorian youngster, Carlos Gruezo will also miss out on Saturday’s contest. He’s kept out due to a red card he received in Dallas’ last match, against Vancouver.

Philadelphia, on the other hand, have a few injuries of note.

German midfielder, Fabian Herbers is still taking time, recovering from a sports’ hernia surgery. Philadelphia Union captain, Maurice Edu is also on the mend, following surgery on his left tibia.

Promising news for Union fans: the club held a meeting to decide on the future return for Edu. It remains to be seen if Edu will feature for Bethlehem Steel FC first, or off the bench for the Union.

At the back, Andre Blake is recovering from a laceration to his right hand he picked up in the Gold Cup Final, while veteran center-half, Oguchi Onyewu is listed as questionable with a groin strain.

It’s important to note that Onyewu did start for the Union in their last match, a 3-0 loss at New England. He went the full 90′. 

Rounding out the injury report for the Union is speedy winger, Fafa Picault. He’s still listed as questionable with a hamstring strain. Although, Picault did feature in the Union’s loss on Saturday, playing 30 minutes off the bench for Jim Curtin.

Tonight’s Starting XI

Here’s the XI Curtin has elected to go with tonight versus visiting Dallas:

7:08 PM —

1′ : Game on.

And the Union are underway from Talen Energy Stadium.

3′ : Picault’s cross goes to waste

Giliano Wijnaldum did well to play in Picault, whose end ball was out of reach of his teammates. No one was up with him, to be fair.

5′ : Ilsinho’s header goes juuuust wide

Good look for the Brazilian from the top of the box.

12′ : Electric stuff from the Union attack. 

Again, no cigar. Union are pushing early on, though.

Sapong did well to shrug off a defender and find Picault, whose heroics kept the ball in play. Picault then took on a Dallas defender, beating him for pace. End ball still lacking.

17′ : Holy shit.

Holy shit. DOOP.

It’s CJ Sapong’s 11th of the season, courtesy of fantastic build-up play from the Union. A cheeky one-two from Ilsinho and Haris Medunjanin ends with a DOOP in the Ol’ Onion Bag.

19′ : Big save from McCarthy.

Union keeper keeps it 1-0 to the Union. Pun intended.

Union midfield has done an excellent job at intercepting Dallas’ passes in the middle of the park. In other words, they’re doing the job tonight. 

22′ : Ilsinho! 

It’s 2-0 Union early on. Ilsinho’s half volley off of a Union throw in is no match for Dallas keeper, Chris Seitz.

Watch 

31′ : McCarthy comes up big, again

Johnny Mac’s kick save forces a corner for Dallas. He stoned Lamah for a second time tonight at the back post.

45′ : Chris Pontius stoned by Seitz

It was another excellent give-and-go by the Union. This time, it was Ilsinho who played Pontius through. His shot was palmed away by the former union keeper.

7:55 —

And that’s the half.

Union leading Dallas two goals after the first 45′.

Updates to the Story Stream will be posted periodically throughout the matchday, as well as during the match itself. Follow @UnionFanTV on Twitter for added commentary, as well as quick hits from tonight’s press conference. 

8:10 — Back for more.

Second half begins.

Two substitutions for Dallas. Walker Zimmerman is on for Ryan Hollingshead in the back, while Mauro Díaz makes way for Cristian Colmán at the 10. 

51′ : McCarthy snubs Colmán

Coleman was in on goal, but McCarthy was having none of it. Union keeper came out strong, again.

64′ : Marcus Epps on, Chris Pontius off

Youngster on for the Vet.

65′ : Ilsinho to the book

It was a deserved yellow for the Brazilian, even if I cannot describe what he just did (or tried to do).

67′ : CJ Sapong, again. 

Sloppy play from Seitz is pounced on by Ilsinho, who lays it off to Sapong for his second of the night.

70′ : McCarthy palms another away

Union’s No. 2 turned No. 1 has been in top form this evening.

75′ : John McCarthy is down

Looks like the Union shot stopper took a knee to the ribs on the corner. He’s slow to get up.

78′ : McCarthy goes down, again

This time it proves fatal, as Dallas scores on an empty net. Looks like he took one to the Family Jewels. Ouch.

GOAL IS DISALLOWED. I REPEAT, GOAL IS DISALLOWED. MEET VAR, EVERYONE. 

It is officially the first case of VAR used in Major League Soccer. 

8:55 —

90′ + 5′ : Five minutes of stoppage time in this one

Dallas pulls one back.

No help from VAR, this time. It’s Barrios who gives Dallas some consolation.

And that’s it. At the final whistle, it’s 3-1 to the Philadelphia Union.

Thanks for tuning in, as always, to our Story Stream this evening.

Follow @UnionFanTV on Twitter for more, inside the press conference. Good night. 

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Welcome back to another Story Stream on UnionFanTV. Here you’ll find the latest updates, player injury reports, key stats and figures, including commentary throughout the entire matchday, as well as the match itself. 

It’s the finale of the home-and-home series between the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew SC, as well as the season finale between the two Eastern Conference clubs. Philadelphia looks to keep their fading playoff hopes alive tonight, in their return to Talen Energy Stadium.

Injury Report

Jay Simpson, Ray Gaddis and Fafa Picault are all listed as questionable heading into tonight’s match against Columbus. 

Simpson sustained an injury to his ankle, after a tackle by Kekuta Manneh in stoppage time of Saturday’s match in Columbus. Expect CJ Sapong to start up front tonight. Jim Curtin says the Union’s leading goal scorer is “good to go,” after being kept out of the 18 for precautionary reasons (CJ picked up a knock to his ankle against Montréal).

Gaddis is listed as questionable with a hamstring strain. Fans hoping for the return of Keegan Rosenberry to the Starting XI might just get their wish tonight.

Picault is still listed as questionable, after the Union’s speedy winger tweaked his hamstring in the match versus Montréal last Wednesday. Good news for Union fans, Picault trained off to the side at yesterday’s training session. Expect Picault to make an appearance off the bench, if the Union need him.

Fabian Herbers remains sidelined

Herbers is recovering from a sports hernia surgery earlier this month. He is expected to be out of the fray for another 4-8 weeks.

Also returning with CJ Sapong is Derrick Jones

Derrick Jones should make his return to the fold tonight, after being kept out by a the league for a concussion he picked up in a friendly against Swansea City AFC. According to Curtin, Jones failed Major League Soccer’s concussion protocol not due to concussion-like symptoms, but because of a “communication issue.”

Match Preview

For a comprehensive look into tonight’s rematch against Columbus Crew SC, check out our latest U in Preview here.

Tonight’s Starting XI

Well, here it is. Thoughts? Let us know by Tweeting @UnionFanTV on the Tweeter.

XI

Fafa Picault and Derrick Jones are not in the 18 for tonight’s match. Picault is still nursing a tweaked hamstring, while Jones hasn’t yet been cleared by the league to return.

Young Marcus Epps gets his second career start in Major League Soccer. He’ll man the left flank, with Roland Alberg returning to lineup and slotting in next to the speedy youngster, at the 10.

On the bench (again) is Keegan Rosenberry, despite Ray Gaddis nursing a strained hamstring. This time last season, Rosenberry had logged 1,890 minutes. He’s played just 590 minutes this current campaign.

7:40 —

1′ : And the Union are underway at Talen Energy Stadium.

It’s a must win, enough said.

2′ : Giliano Wijnaldum’s back pass is nearly cut off

Poor communication between Jack Elliot and John McCarthy, who both left the pass for the other. Although it was a hospital ball from Wijnaldum, as well.

10′ : Elliot lofts one into the box, into CJ Sapong

It’s classic Elliot, and classic Sapong, too. He did well to bring the ball down, but there was no-one next to him to finish.

17′ : An Epps cross nearly finds its way in, skims the post 

Call it a cross, it’ll ultimately be chalked up as a shot on goal for the young midfielder, who nearly made it 1-0.

20′ : Ilsinho! DOOP.

Classic curse of the commentator (or blogger, in this case). It’s 1-0 Union, after the Brazilian blasts a half volley into the roof of the net. How about the assist from Sapong though?

22′ : Columbus gets retribution on Ilsinho

Ilsinho gets close lined, and yep, you guessed it, Lalas Abubakar gets away without a card. Somewhere, someplace Mike Petke is printing out hundreds of copies of the foul.

25′ : Columbus scor- scratch that, Union get away with that one

Kekuta Manneh was in on goal, beating both Elliot and Oguchi Onyewu before getting stoned by John McCarthy. Crew followed up the effort by hitting the crossbar from 1 yard away.

Union are lucky to still be ahead.

31′ : Wijnaldum heads into the book

Wijnaldum throws down Justin Meram. It’s a poor foul to take this early in the match.

Elliot nearly gives one away, again.

Looks as if the Englishman misread how much space there was between him and McCarthy.

35′ : Hasta La Vista, Baby. Jonathan Mensah sees Red, after bringing down Sapong in the box. Penalty to the Union. 

Roland Alberg to take. Alberg misses. It goes off of Zack Steffen and off of the crossbar.  Alberg then gets booed by the crowd on hand.

Sapong is still one goal shy of breaking his career high for goals scored in a season.

45′ : Stoppage time announced

There will be three minutes of stoppage time in the first half.

First half comes to an end

Well that was something, huh? So who else is #TeamCJ?

SECOND HALF

8:45 —

Back again. 1-0 Union thanks to an Ilsinho belter. They’re up a man, too.  

49′ : Epps curler goes juuuuust wide

It’s another solid look for #20. Although it’s hard to tell if he means it.

51′ : Alberg’s shot is cleared off the line

Oh well.

55′ : Alberg has a crack in front of the River End that goes wide right

Good effort from the Dutchman. He surely wants to redeem his penalty miss from earlier.

58′ : Sapong! Off the post!

Great effort from Sapong, whose volley clangs off the post.

61′ : A Columbus effort goes off the crossbar 

Both sides enlisting some help from the woodwork tonight.

66′ : Sapong finally gets one. 2-0 Union.

It’s a rebound goal for Sapong, who finally gets his tenth of the year (a new personal record). He leads the Union in goals this season.

75′ : Abubakar is shown a straight red. 

After appearing to choke Ilsinho, he resorts to throwing an elbow at the Brazilian (for the second time tonight).

81′ : Marcus Epps gets his first! 3-0 Union. DOOP.

It’s a first career goal for Epps, who has been all over the field tonight. It seemed like a long time coming.

84′ : Simpson on, Ilsinho off.

Solid shift for the Brazilian. Englishman is on.

90′ + 2′ : Referee points to half, blows his whistle.

It’s a 3-0 victory for the Union, who were firing on all cylinders tonight, fighting each other, and drawing red cards left and right. Just another Philadelphia Union matchday, I suppose.

Good night, everyone.

Updates will be posted periodically throughout the matchday, as well as during the match itself. 

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Hey folks. Welcome back to another Story Stream. Jim Curtin’s weakened side is in Columbus, Ohio tonight taking on Columbus Crew SC. UnionFanTV will provide live updates, commentary and more from Mapfre Stadium. 

6:00 —

Welcome back, Captain.

Alejandro Bedoya returns to the fold tonight after welcoming the birth of his daughter, Milena. Bedoya will wear the captain’s armband for Curtin’s team in Columbus.

Union will look to make up for lost ground.

After an uninspiring loss in Montréal, Curtin’s side will look to rebound with a result in Columbus. It’s the second match in three days for the Union, as well as the first installment in a home-and-home series with Columbus.

Points are desperately needed, if the Union are to mount any pressure on Columbus, including the other clubs currently ahead of them in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference table. Here’s how the table currently stands.

6:35 —

Tonight’s Starting (Crew) XI 

Sorry, we had to. Here’s the XI Curtin has elected to go with. 

XI

It’s, uh, something. Curtin was forced to look toward his bench, with several injuries and suspensions within the team. Thus, youngsters Adam Najem and Marcus Epps both got the nod to make their first career starts in MLS.

Joshua Yaro returns to the XI, and the young, Ghanaian center back will play ahead of Oguchi Onyewu, who is on the bench this evening.

Injuries / Suspensions / International Duties

Roland Alberg was suspended by the league’s Disciplinary Committee, after a “serious foul play that endangered the safety of an opponent” in the match against Montréal on Wednesday.

Fafa Picault pulled up lame in the match versus Montréal at Stade Saputo. A tweak to his hamstring kept him out of the XI and off the bench for the vital match in Columbus.

Derrick Jones has yet to return from a concussion he picked up in a friendly versus Premier League outfit, Swansea City AFC.

Fabian Herbers is out 6-7 weeks, after the German midfielder successfully underwent surgery for a nagging sports hernia injury.

Chris Pontius is still away with the United States Mens’ National Team, while Andre Blake is with Jamaica.

You can catch Pontius and the USMNT tonight at 10:00 PM ET, when they take on Costa Rica at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Blake and the Reggae Boyz return to Gold Cup play on Sunday, when the Jamaicans take on Mexico at 9:00 PM ET atthe Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

Maurice Edu is a full participant with the team in training, but has yet to return to the fray.

CJ Sapong though. There’s no word on the whereabouts of the Union’s team-leading goal scorer. We’ll keep you posted. 

7:40 — 

1′ :

Game on from Columbus, Ohio.

6′ : 

Ola Kamara stoned by John McCarthy. 

Kamara’s well-timed volley was pawed away by the Union keeper.

28′ : 

Kamara finds himself in on goal, but is stopped by McCarthy

McCarthy read the play well and came out strong to deny Kamara, who was in on goal.

39′ : 

Justin Meram’s curling effort bends just wide. 

Credit to Meram, who had a go. In the end, it never troubled McCarthy.

8:25 —

First half comes to an end

Union didn’t threaten too much. Columbus had the better of the chances between the two sides.

8:40 —

Back for the second half. 

65′ : 

Columbus strikes first.

Merman’s strike takes a deflection off of Josh Yaro. 1-0 Crew.

68′ :

Columbus’ free kick is taken care of McCarthy, who gets low to stone a second Crew goal. 

McCarthy quickly got back to his feet to tip the rebound over the bar.

90′ :

Match ends and it’s Columbus 1-0. 

Next up for the Union is a home-and-home series finale with Columbus at Talen Energy Stadium this Wednesday. Thanks for joining us this evening. 

 

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