Union aims to retain top spot at Toronto FC
Two of the top teams in the MLS Eastern Conference meet on Saturday when the Philadelphia Union travel to take on Toronto FC.
Philadelphia (6-3-2, 20 points) sits on top of the East table, tied with D.C. United and the Montreal Impact.
Toronto (5-3-1, 16 points) sits four points back, but has played two less games than Philadelphia and D.C. and three fewer than Montreal.
“Toronto, for me, is the best team in the Eastern Conference,” Philadelphia coach Jim Curtin said. “It will be a difficult matchup for us. They are playing as well as anyone in the league. We will have to be on our very best to get points.”
The Union is close to that right now as the team is coming off a week where they played three games and came away 2-0-1, getting seven points.
“It was a very important week for the club to move up the table,” Curtin said. “But there is no time to feel satisfied or happy as we have a very difficult game against Toronto.”
Toronto is at the end of a stretch of three games in one week. The team started May 4 with a 2-0 win at Orlando City, but then dropped a 2-0 final on the road to Atlanta United on Wednesday.
“I would say I am not disappointed in the effort,” said Toronto coach Greg Vanney of his team’s play in the loss to Atlanta. “I really don’t think it was a matter of effort. I think our execution wasn’t great. I think there was some positives inside a game where our performance as a group was not the best.”
After the two road games, Toronto returns home and to Vanney, that’s a big plus.
“We’ve got two home games in front of us,” Vanney said. “We knew this was a challenge. We gave some guys a look; some guys did well.”
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