Union lose 2019 season-opener to Toronto FC

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Toronto FC won the first game of the 2019 MLS season. Toronto FC defeated the Philadelphia Union, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania.

There were 16,498 fans in attendance for the Union home opener.

Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley playing against NYFC
Michael Bradley playing against NYFC (Photo by Toronto FC)

Toronto FC took the 2-0 lead when Michael Bradley scored two straight goals. Bradley scores the first goal of the season when he scored at 45 + 3 in the first half.

Then, in the second half, Bradley also scored in the 62 minute. Nick DeLeon scored Toronto FC’s second half goal when he scored at the 90 + 4 mark.

“It’s very important. We understand that we have to different ways to winning games,” Bradley said about getting three points in this game. “Conditions and fields are not their best. Everyone is not their sharpest. There’s still points on the line and you have to find ways to take what you deserve. Last year, we were behind the 8-ball right from the beginning so it is important for us this year to understand the values of every point in every game. I thought that we were very good in those ways.”

Toronto FC scored on three of its five shots on goal. Philadelphia has four shots on goal.

Marco Fabián — who signed with the Union in the off-season — scores the team’s lone goal on a penalty kick.

“You only get one chance at the home opener,” Union head coach Jim Curtin conceded. “And we came up a little short.”

Toronto FC goalie Alex Bono received the win. Union goalie Andre Blake received the loss.

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