PHILADELPHIA- Toronto FC picked up their second straight tie of the season after a 2-2 result with the Philadelphia Union.
Victor Vazquez made his first start for TFC replacing Jonathan Osorio while Tsubasa Endoh replaced Steven Beitashour.
It was a chilly one today with temperatures going to a low of -8 and it was very windy.
The game didn’t start off so well for TFC when the Union took the lead in the 10th minute after Pontius’ header found Jay Simpson who got his first goal for Philadelphia.
After going a goal up, the Union continued to pressure and looked most likely to get the second goal of the game.
Jay Simpson’s first start was cut short when he was replaced by C.J Sapong after picking up an injury.
The Union nearly doubled their lead when they were given a penalty, but Alejandro Bedoya’s penalty hit the crossbar to give TFC some hope in coming back.
Sebastian Giovinco went off injured after a painful knock to his right leg, Tosaint Ricketts replaced him to get his first appearance of the season.
TFC fought back right before halftime to equalize the game after Jozy Altidore converted a penalty, making it 1-1 at the break.
Toronto FC came out very strong in the second half, with lots of possession and give the Union lots of pressure.
In the 70th minute, Michael Bradley’s brilliant pass found Justin Morrow who cut onto his right foot and placed the ball under Andre Blake. Toronto led 2-1 with twenty minutes remaining.
A minute after taking the lead, TFC had some lousy defending which saw Sapong stay onside to round Irwin, making 2-2 immediately.
Chris Mavinga came on to make his TFC debut, replacing Endoh with five minutes left.
Late TFC pressure wasn’t enough to get a winner, the game finished 2-2 as both teams remain winless after two games.
Away v Vancouver. Saturday, March 18. Kickoff- 4:00pm EST.