Philadelphia 3-0 Toronto FC: Union end slump with emphatic victory
Photo: The Canadian Press

The Philadelphia Union snapped a three-match winless streak with a dominant 3-0 victory over Toronto FC at Subaru Park.

Goals from Jakob Glesnes, Daniel Gazdag and Sergio Santos inside of the first 36 minutes powered the Union to their first victory in almost a month and returned to third in the Eastern Conference standings.

Story of the match

Philadelphia had the first good chance of the match, with Kacper Przybylko getting his head on a looping cross from Glesnes. His header was well-placed, but Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono managed to keep it out.

Just moments later, Glesnes got the Union on the board. Gazdag sent in a corner and the Norwegian defender rose up high and headed the past Bono to make it 1-0.

Excellent work by Santos produced a great opportunity for Gazdag in the 23rd minute, but his shot ended up right at Bono and he stuck his leg out six minutes on another chance by Santos, who was set up by  Leon Flach on a pass from the end line. 

Minutes later, Santos won his side their first penalty of the season, as he found himself alone in the box with Bono. The goalkeeper came out to try to grab the ball, but he brought down the Argentine.

Gazdag stepped up to the spot and hit an unstoppable penalty for his first goal in Union colors to make it 2-0. Santos got the goal his performance deserved just four minutes later.

A perfect ball by Jose Martinez slipped the striker in behind the Reds defense, and he again made no mistake, beating Bono to close out the scoring.

The visitors won a penalty in the 51st minute, where Jack Elliott was judged to have fouled Richie Lareya in the box. Yeferson Soteldo stepped up, but struck a weak penalty that Andre Blake easily saved.

There was no real meaningful action after that and the Union saw out the game comfortably, picking up their first clean sheet since June 23rd.

Man of the Match: Sergio Santos

Returning from his one-match ban, the Argentine played a pivotal role in Philadelphia's first-half dominance. He set up Gazdag’s penalty, scored a terrific goal of his own three minutes later and showcased skills like these on every touch of the ball.