Down, but still (somehow) not out, the Philadelphia Union have returned home after a demoralizing road trip. Jim Curtin’s side are set to square off against visiting Atlanta United at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday.
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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.
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.
The Philadelphia Union were unable to lift the mood on a somber night at Talen Energy Stadium, as they fell 3-0 to the visiting Montreal Impact.
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Curtin is scheduled to take the podium at 12:30 today.
12:32 PM —
Curtin is now at the podium addressing the media, including fans watching on Facebook LIVE.
Curtin opens by sending his thoughts and best wishes on behalf of the Philadelphia Union to former Sons of Ben president, Kenny Hanson.
We want him to know the whole Union family is thinking of him and wishing him a speedy recovery.
Hanson was involved in a car accident earlier in the week that left him with a traumatic head injury.
On Transfer Window
Curtin says “something still could happen.” Union Sporting Director, Earnie Stewart mirrored Curtin saying “there might be business done, but added that it might not be much.”
Curtin says there has been no discussion on bringing Sebastien LeToux back to Philadelphia.
He [Seba] is a DC United player. That’s not something we have discussed.
He assures that, as always, the Front Office will be working up until the deadline.
Major League Soccer’s Summer Secondary Window will close later tonight, at 11:59 PM ET.
Andre Blake looking “unlikely” for Saturday’s match versus Montréal, according to Curtin.
Fabian Herbers is still recovering from a sports’ hernia surgery. Herbers trained by himself and off to the side at today’s training.
Curtin on Jack Elliot
Jack Elliot. Again, I’ve said it. He’s been, for me, the Rookie of the Year; he’s been excellent.