TORONTO FC (2) – PHILADELPHIA UNION (0) POST-MATCH SUMMARY

Sunday, June 10, 2018

SCORING SUMMARY

TFC – Jonathan Osorio 19’ (Víctor Vázquez, Michael Bradley)
TFC – Jonathan Osorio 79’ (Sebastian Giovinco)

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

PHI – Warren Creavalle 16’ (caution)
TFC – Jay Chapman 37’ (caution)
PHI – Raymon Gaddis 48’ (caution) 

RECORDS

Toronto FC:  4-7-2     14 pts.
Philadelphia Union: 5-7-3    1 8 pts.

LINEUPS

TORONTO FC – Alex Bono; Gregory van der Wiel, Nick Hagglund, Jason Hernandez; Auro Jr.; Jonathan Osorio, Michael Bradley ©, Jay Chapman (Ryan Telfer 60’), Nicolas Hasler (Tosaint Ricketts 81’); Víctor Vázquez (Ager Aketxe 73’), Sebastian Giovinco

Substitutes Not Used: Clint Irwin, Eriq Zavaleta, Liam Fraser, Mariano Miño

PHILADELPHIA UNION – Andre Blake; Keegan Rosenberry, Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty, Raymon Gaddis; Warren Creavalle, Borek Dockal, Marcus Epps (Derrick Jones 69’), Ilsinho (David Accam 74’), Fabrice-Jean Picault; C.J. Sapong (Cory Burke 61’)

Substitutes Not Used: John McCarthy, Fabinho, Jack Elliott, Anthony Fontana


GREG VANNEY – HEAD COACH, TORONTO FC

 

On what this win does for the mentality of the team…

To go on the road and get three points is important, especially for where we are, so we’ll take it.

On Osorio’s performance…

Two good goals.  I think everybody put in their shift and that’s what you have to do on the road sometimes and Osorio was in the right place a couple of times and finished his chances when we needed it.  We had a few other chances we let go but at the same time, three points is three points and that’s what we need right now.

On the team’s performance as a whole…

I think there are some good things in there and some things we have to work on; that’s what the middle of the season is about.

 

NICK HAGGLUND – DEFENDER, TORONTO FC

On being back in defense…

I think for us, defense was our first priority today and to make sure that we get out of here with a clean sheet.

On seeing out the game on the road…

I think in the past we have struggled to finish out games so I think this is a step in the right direction.  We have to build a foundation that we are going to be hard to play against and we know the soccer where we have time to play we will be good. We know that. It is about executing at the right moment defensively and I think tonight we had a lot of big plays from a lot of guys.

On if this win will help Toronto gain momentum…

Definitely. They talk about momentum in MLS all the time. It is our job to go back home and get three points and build that into the break.

On going a full 90 minutes…

It was nice to be able to start, come in with the team, warm up and everything like normal. It felt great and ready to keep going.

JONATHAN OSORIO – MIDFIELDER, TORONTO FC

On the victory away from home…

It’s a step in the right direction.  It’s what we wanted.  The objective coming in was to get three points and more than anything, I’m just happy that we got the win and now hopefully we can keep this going.  We have an important game on Wednesday after a little break so this is good to get going.

On the importance of achieving a clean sheet…

A clean sheet away from home is huge for us.  We need to get back to being hard to play against and not conceding so easily.  So like I said, this is a step in the right direction but we can’t just relax now; we have to keep going.

On how Michael Bradley’s change of position affected the team’s mentality…

It’s his most comfortable position and he has done a great job for us.  He stepped up in a way that not many players can do; to play in a position where he hasn’t really played in his career and he did it well for us.  Obviously, we want him back in the midfield as he is our engine.

JIM CURTIN – HEAD COACH, PHILADELPHIA UNION

Opening statement…

Soccer can be a cruel game at times. You look at missing your top two players, staring the way we did, creating a ton of chances in the first half, being aggressive. We put a very attack-minded lineup on the field and the guys did everything to create chances in the first half, we just weren’t clinical. Credit to Toronto, they took their chances in the first half and buried it. I thought we had a good start to the second half. It felt like we were going to get a goal. The guys had a really good performance but at the same time, we make a mistake on the throw when we’re chasing the game, that happens. Overall, if you look at their first goal, Mark gets caught with Keegan going to intercept the ball. As a center-back, if you’re going to intercept you must come away with it or end the play. That took a little bit of risk but, the young guys had a lot of good plays tonight but also had a few mistakes but that’s part of growing up. I think that’s part of what we’re about and there is going to be those highs and some lows along the way. Overall I couldn’t be happier with the effort that they put forward against the defending champ. It was just a tough night. It just felt like the ball wouldn’t go in for us. The breakaway that we have with Fafa, the Ilsinho goal that Warren gets a piece of off the bar, it just wasn’t our night for us.

On starting Ilsinho…

Yeah, we are missing two of our top experienced players. It was to get guys in the best form on the field, to get them with a guy like Warren who maybe has a little more defensive presence than Haris to cover ground on our home field. We’re going into this game 14-2-4 in our last 20, we wanted to be proactive and be aggressive. We used the Richmond game as an audition for guys and we still just chose to play Ilsinho and Borek in there. We created a lot of chances if we score, it’s probably a non-question but now that we lose, I do have to face those questions and that what we went with, it didn’t work.

On CJ Sapong…

As a team, we attack together. We work a lot in training about getting balls into the box and the timing of our movements. It was a night where I think we put a lot of good balls into the box and we just didn’t have enough guys running hard in the box and that happens. Credit to Toronto, they defended well and we just couldn’t execute. It was a tough night for us and in a lot of ways there were so many good things all around the field but the most important thing is to score goals and we didn’t do that tonight.

On the learning experience for young players…  

I would say that you have two guys that are young that have had some really great moments for us. I thought they did, like I said they made a lot of good plays tonight, but for center backs it is about not having the big moment where you concede. He will learn from that and the only way you get to learn is to go through playing against top players. I thought that they did a good job for the most part but again it is a cruel game and one instance can turn and again it made us chase the game for the night. I thought the guys again; effort from every guy on the team was very good. Just in the key moments defensively, in front of goal, and offensively in front of goals we came up short.

On if fatigue played a factor…

No, I won’t use fatigue for an excuse. We had plenty of fresh legs on the field and we rotated about as much as we could. We have a good squad that is deep and again we played well against Toronto but we just did not finish. I do not think it had anything to do with tired legs or anything like that. Guys have plenty of time to recover and the ones that played the bulk of minutes are 19 so they are fine.

On the changes Toronto made to slow down the pace of the game…

First and foremost they are really good, they are really good with the ball. I think we flustered them a bit in the beginning and found some space in the wide areas and we forced them to change their formation in the 33rd minute. They switched to a 4-4-2, it kind of limited some of our space in the wide areas. When we did start to figure out some of the weaknesses there we went down the middle a little bit. Again we had chances we just did not finish tonight. They are a good team. They can possess the ball and really spread the field. You talk about [Sebastian] Giovinco, [Victor] Vázquez, Michael Bradley and just the quality that they have, they do not make mistakes. When you are chasing the game the key is scoring the first goal, which we had several opportunities to do, that is where it comes back to haunt you. They were clinical tonight and we were not, but it is not for a lack of effort, our guys put a ton into it.

On the impact of the Union substitutes…

I think they did a good job. Again, Cory [Burke] is a guy who has earned minutes and an opportunity to get out there for us. Derrick [Jones] came in and broke up some plays when the game needed some more bite in the midfield. David [Accam] came in and had a couple of good looks. If he takes that chance with six minutes left I think it would have made the game interesting. Four minutes of injury time that would have been 10 more minutes to go but again [Alexander] Bono makes a good save and it is just not our night.

On if the defense should clear the ball more…

We try to pass out of the back. There were some instances tonight where we were sloppy with that and Toronto picked off some balls but again we ask our young guys to be brave and to play out of tight spots. We got punished for it a few times tonight, we were not at our sharpest and again collectively, as a group, some of those moments where maybe you play a little more direct if you have to, if there is pressure but we still want them to have the confidence to play it through the lines. Execution was off a little bit and we turned some over but it is still something we will continue to work on and encourage from our guys.