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Union Lose at Home Again, Felled by Toronto 1-0



The Philadelphia Union sit in second to last place in the Eastern Conference and on just 6 points after failing to score and losing to Toronto FC by the count of one-nil yesterday afternoon at PPC Park.  The loss is the third straight for Philadelphia.

Despite possessing the ball for 2/3 of the 90 minutes, the Union were only able to get 1 of their 10 shots on target, and that shot was stopped by Toronto’s Chris Konopka.

The Union appeared vulnerable at the start when a flurry of activity in front of John McCarthy’s goal led to what appeared to be an open Sebastian Giovinco.  However, the Union were able to clear their lines and for the moment, keep Toronto off the scoreboard.

In the 34th minute, Giovinco would be heard from again.

Standing over a free kick from range, he fired a world class strike past Joe McCarthy to give the visitors from the Canada a 1-0 lead.

The home team appeared to equalize in the 79th minute when Fernando Aristeguieta headed home off a beautifully played free kick but he was deemed offside by a fraction and the Union were left goalless on the day.

In the loss, Richie Marquez earned his first cap with the Union as he made his MLS debut at defender.  The California native came on as a substitute for Michael Lahoud when he left the match in the 5th minute.

The Union next play at Vancouver on May 9th.

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