TFC beat Union but lose Altidore to injury


Ayo Akinola and Alejandro Pozuelo scored second-half goals to lift Toronto FC to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union in MLS play Saturday.

The winning goal came in the 76th minute after Chris Mavinga flicked on a header from a corner to an unmarked Pozuelo at the far post for his seventh of the season and fourth in as many games.

It marked the fourth game-winning goal of the season for Pozuelo, who was voted MLS player of the month in September. The Spanish playmaker, making a strong case for MVP honours, came into weekend play with a league-leading nine assists.

Toronto (9-2-4) extended its winning streak to three and unbeaten run to five (4-0-1) as it mounted its second comeback win in a week. TFC rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat Columbus 3-1 last Sunday.

WATCH | Pozuelo , Mavinga combine for the win:

Chris Mavinga headed a corner kick to Alejandro Pozuelo whose head sent home Toronto’s game-winning goal in their 2-1 win over Philadelphia. 1:12

Saturday’s win may have come at a cost, however. Toronto lost both fullback Justin Morrow and striker Jozy Altidore to injury during the match.

Sergio Santos scored for Philadelphia (8-3-4), which saw its five-game unbeaten streak snapped.

The game, the second at TFC’s pandemic home of Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, was the first of five in 16 days for Toronto. Next up are New England, Cincinnati, the Red Bulls and Atlanta.

Quentin Westberg made a marvellous save in the 30th minute, flying through the air to push Dutch-born Cape Verde international Jamiro Monteiro’s long-range shot off the crossbar. He then stopped Kacper Przybylko on the rebound but the play was called offside.

WATCH | Westberg’s marvelous heroics: 

Toronto goalkeeper Quentin Westberg held Philadelphia Union’s lead to one in the first half on Saturday. 0:37

Morrow, who turns 33 Sunday, gave way to Gallacher in the 39th minute after going down. A trainer iced his right calf on the sidelines as the veteran fullback held his head in his hands. Altidore exited early in the 53rd minute after grabbing the back of his left thigh as he went for a ball.

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