Result of the Saturday September 15th, 2012 MLS game between Toronto FC and Philadelphia Union played at BMO Field in Toronto at 1:00pm.

Toronto FC (all white, black names and numbers, red shoulders and trim)

....................30 Milos Kocic
25 Jeremy Hall...27 Richard Eckersley...48 Darren O'Dea (cpt)...2 Logan Emory
19 Reggie Lambe...23 Terry Dunfield...21 Aaron Maund...9 Ryan Johnson
.............11 Luis Silva...29 Eric Hassli

Subs:...41 Freddy Hall (gk)...8 Eric Avila (mid)...12 Adrian Cann (def)...15 Matt Stinson (mid)...18 Quincy Amarikwa (fwd) ...31 Dicoy Williams (def)...32 Andrew Wiedeman (fwd)
team officials:...head coach Paul Mariner

Philadelphia Union (all navy, white names and numbers, wide gold stripe on chest)

....................18 Zac MacMath
25 Sheanon Williams...14 Amobi Okugo...2 Carlos Valdes (cpt)...15 Gabriel Farfan
44 Danny Cruz...7 Brian Carroll...11 Freddy Adu...21 Michael Farfan...13 Michael Lahoud
.................9 Jack McInerney

Subs:...32 Chase Harrison (gk)...3 Chris Albright (def)...8 Roger Torres (mid)...12 Chandler Hoffman (fwd)...20 Jimmy McLaughlin (mid) ...28 Raymond Gaddis (def)...29 Antoine Hoppenot (fwd)
team officials:...head coach Peter Vermes

Game officials:...referee Silviu Petrescu...referee's assistants Philippe Briere and Daniel Bellleau...fourth official Geoff Gamble
...(gray shirts, black shorts and socks)

1st Half:...game starts 1:07pm...TFC defends south end on this mild and overcast afternoon.
1 min...PU Okugo slides to check TFC Hassli off ball in PU box on the right at 15 yards.
6 min...TFC Silva 30 yard freekick from left is headed away in box. Eventually rekick cross into box from 60 yards by TFC Eckersley has leaping TFC Johnson head wide left from 18 yards on left.
8 min...PU Adu cornerkick from right is short and worked into box but TFC Hassli kicks ball away from 10 yards for throw-in.
8 min...TFC goalie leaps to catch 28 yard cross from right by PU Williams over head of PU McInerney.
9 min...TFC Johnson chips ball from 20 yards on left into box and PU defender heads down at 8 yards and TFC Silva can't get away shot at 10 yards on left.
10 min...PU Gabriel Farfan rolls cross from left along 10 yard line but defender clears.
10 min...TFC Lambe chips cross from 35 yards on right is caught by goalie.
11 min...TFC O'Dea heads away PU Williams long throw-in from right.
13 min...TFC goalie picks up loose ball on right side of box when TFC Emory had stepped in front of PU Williams.
16 min...TFC goalie slides out on edge of box to block PU Cruz on run up middle for through ball who falls over him.
20 min...TFC Hassli pushes ball too far forward at 25 yards up middle and goalie beats TFC Silva to pick up ball.
20 min...PU Carroll gets back to concede cornerkick on TFC Hassli cross from 15 yards on left.
21 min...TFC Dunfield cornerkick from left has leaping TFC Emory head ball wide right from 12 yards on the right.
22 min...TFC YELLOW card...Hassli earns it for complaining about freekick call at center line.
23 min...TFC Silva runs down middle and shoots just wide right from 20 yards.
23 min...TFC Silva cornerkick from left is short and stopped before it can be crossed into box.
25 min...TFC Silva cornerkick from left has PU McInerney on right post head ball away.
25 min...TFC Hassli gets pass at 8 yards on left but sliding PU Okugo blocks his shot attempt and ball cleared.
28 min...TFC Hall chip from 35 yards on right into box has PU Valdes clear at 10 yards in box.
30 min...TFC Dunfield 40 yard cross from left sideline finds TFC Lambe who one-touches 8 yard shot high from right well over box.
31 min...PU Michael Farfan cornerkick from left has leaping TFC O'Dea head ball away at 8 yards in middle.
32 min...PU Cruz cross from 25 yards on right has PU Adu at 7 yards on left make pop up header across box that goalie catches.
34 min...TFC goalie dives wide right to stop cornerkick call as PU Cruz pushes ball forward from 20 yards as he falls.
35 min...TFC Maund 35 yard kick from left is caught by goalie diving forward on left side of goal.
35 min...PU Williams is injured at PU 50 yard line on sliding tackle by TFC Johnson.
38 min...PU YELLOW card...Michael Farfan earns it for knocking over jumping TFC Johnson at TFC 50 yards.
40 min...TFC Lambe sends cross from 25 yards on right over to TFC Johnson who heads down at 15 yards on left and charging TFC Silva blasts 12 yard shot down middle well well over net.
42 min...TFC Emory wins cornerkick on deflection off sliding PU Okugo at 10 yards on left on his second cross attempt.
42 min...TFC Silva cornerkick from left has goalie at 6 yards punch ball away.
42 min...TFC Johnson 35 yard shot from right is over players and caught by goalie just step ahead of charging TFC O'Dea.
44 min...TFC Johnson cross from 25 yards from left has flying TFC Silva head 10 yarder down middle wide left.
45 min...TFC Eckersley 60 yard freekick has TFC Dunfield knock ball down at 15 yards but ball is cleared.
46 min...TFC Silva cornerkick from left has TFC Emory head ball down at 12 yards that goalie catches on bounce near right post.
46:20 min...half ends 1:53pm.

Halftime entertainment:...The have a mini game in the center circle with kids of maybe six to eight from the Royal York FC. It lasted 3 minutes like every other time they hold it. The music they play is The Who's 'Teenage Wasteland' which is better that the usual Benny Hill music they used to play last year.

They also introduce Martin Reader, beach volleyball player for Canada at the just completed Olympics. He was there to help promote the Olympic parade in downtown Toronto next week.

2nd Half:...starts 2:09pm...the sun has come out again like it did briefly in the first half.
48 min...PU Adu 50 yard freekick has TFC Maund head away and start a fast break.
48 min...TFC Hassli at 15 yards on right crosses ball to middle but headed away by defender.
50 min...PU Michael Farfan cross from 20 yards on left has TFC Eckersley head ball away on dive on left at 12 yards.
50 min...PU Gabrield Farfan cross from 18 yards on left has TFC Emory at 6 yards on right head ball away.
51 min...PU Williams cross from 30 yards on right has TFC Eckersley at 5 yards on right head ball out of box.
52 min...PU Adu short cornerkick on left to PU Carroll whose cross from 18 yards on left is blocked. PU Williams pops up high 30 yard header from left that TFC goalie leaps and catches ball on bounce on edge of box over head of PU McInerney.
53 min...TFC Dunfield 35 yard freekick from right has TFC Johnson at 8 yards head ball wide left with TFC ODea also jumping for ball.
55 min...TFC goalie catches PU McInerney cross from 25 yards on left.
56 min...TFC Dunfield 40 yard freekick onright has TFC Johnson head ball from 15 yards on left wide right for throw-in.
57 min...TFC Eric Hassli GOAL...TFC Darren O'Dea chips ball from 60 yards down middle over to right that finds charging TFC Luis Silva at 25 yards who stops near right edge of box and rolls back and into center where TFC Terry Dunfield at 10 yards tangles with defender and misses ball and Hassli rolls 15 yard shot from right into left side of net past diving goalie Zac MacMath.
60 min...TFC Hall is knocked into TFC player's bench by PU Gabriel Farfan
61 min...PU sub...Hoffman replaces Lahoud.
61 min...PU goalie punches TFC Dunfield 35 yard cross from right but whistle had blown for push in box.
61 min...PU Cruz after run down right sideline taps ball back to PU Williams and his 40 yard chip from right has PU Michael Farfan head 18 yarder down middle over net.
63 min...TFC O'Dea sends high cross from 25 yards on right that PU goalie catches on line over head of charging TFC Hall.
64 min...TFC Johnson low cross from left has TFC Lambe miss but wins cornerkick as defender clears behind line.
64 min...TFC Silva cornerkick from left has PU Valdes head ball away from 10 yards.
66 min...TFC goalie catches bouncer up middle that PU Hoffman was running for.
67 min...PU Michael Farfan beats TFC Eckersley on left and TFC O'Dea slides to block low cross attempt at 10 yards near end line.
69 min...TFC Lambe gets to bouncing ball near right end line then runs down sideline and cross in from 25 yards has PU Valdes head away at 8 yards.
70 min...PU sub...Hoppenot replaces Adu.
70 min...TFC Silva is injured at PU 50 yards as he and PU Carroll jump for ball and needs help limping off field with hip injury.
74 min...PU Valdes 60 yard freekick from left bounces through to goalie.
75 min...PU Michael Farfan 20 yard freekick from right has PU McInerney pop up header at 5 yards on left and TFC O'Dea at 5 yards on right heads ball out of box.
76 min...PU Cruz and TFC Maund are both injured in scramble on edge of TFC box. TFC Maund was kicked by PU Cruz while sliding to block shot and Cruz was injured on kicked by TFC O'Dea making clearance attempt.
77 min...PU Williams long throw-in from right. TFC Hassli is injured on edge of box trying to clear ball. A shoving match ensues after the whistle.
80 min...TFC sub...Amarikwe replaces injured Hassli.
80 min...TFC Eckersley dives at 22 yards to head ball back to goalie.
82 min...PU sub...Torres replaces Gabriel Farfan.
82 min...PU Torres chips ball from 50 yards down middle and TFC O'Dea at 12 yards pops up header. PU Hoffman at 12 yards on left is pushed off ball by TFC Hall and TFC Eckersley clears ball from box.
83 min...TFC YELLOW card...Hall earns it for tackle on PU Hoopenot who'd cut around him at TFC 20 yards on far left.
84 min...PU Sheanon Williams GOAL...PU Roger Torres 30 yard freekick from left is cleared by nearest defender just inside center of box. Torres gets ball back after pass back at 30 yards and cuts towards net. On edge of box he taps ball back to PU Chandler Hoffman at 22 yards in middle who rolls ball over to PU Antoine Hoppenot at 25 yards on far right and his rolling shot is through players and Williams sidefoots 4 yarder on right into left side of net past goalie Milos Kocic guarding right post.
86 min...PU McInerney blasts 30 yard shot down middle high and wide right of net.
87 min...TFC goalie catches long cross from 45 yards sent in by PU Williams on left.
88 min...TFC Silva cross from 15 yards on right has PU Carroll concede cornerkick by heading ball behind end line from 5 yards.
89 min...TFC Silva cornerkick is cleared for fast break.
89 min...PU Torres cornerkick from right has PU Valdes pop up header at 6 yards back to PU Hoppenot at 15 yards on left and he crosses over players in box and ball cleared on right side of box.
91 min...TFC players rush broken up on edge of box.
91 min...PU YELLOW card...Carroll earns it for hip check on TFC Amarikwe at TFC 40 yards.
92 min...TFC Eckersley clearance at 20 yards off PU Torres and deflects back to goalie.
93 min...TFC Eckersley chips 60 yard kick down middle over players and ball bounces to goalie.
93 min...PU Torres cross down middle is too far left for charging PU McInerney and wide left for goalkick.
94:05 min...game ends 2:58pm.

Final Score:.....Toronto FC......1..........Philadelphia Union...........1........

Attendance was announced as 15669. This was the first time I ever noticed that the south end was not completely packed. This section holds TFC's most hardcore supporters. The crowd booed TFC after the game. The players made no post game walkover to the south end. There were a lot of fans in my row and section but mostly people I didn't recognize.

Man of the Match (who is always a TFC player) was announced as midfielder Terry Dunfield. He was more of a decoy on TFC's only goal but played hard on offence and defence.

Today's game was a battle of the league's two WORST teams. It was just two struggling teams passing and shooting inaccurately the whole game. I reminded an English guy behind me who was mostly laughing the whole game. He thought the funniest thing he saw was the referee spray painting the field to make sure the defenders stayed 10 yards behind the freekick and the kicker didn't move the ball forward.

I thought TFC would win even after the Union tied the game as the team would have to win to keep their thin playoff chances alive. There were a lot of chances for both teams at the end.

TFC goalie Milos Kocic shanked a few clearance kicks out of bounds but otherwise did not have many saves to make.

TFC Eric Hassli did score while standing still but looked slow. He reminded me of Danny Dichio with his flick-on pass attempts.

The Union's record in their last seven games is 0-3-4. TFC's record is 0-6-3 since their last win.

TFC's head coach Paul Mariner blasted his team after the Chicago Fire loss on Wednesday when the team was shorthanded and a lot of subs were allowed to start but didn't prove they should be starters. Today's game only changed starters Ryan Johnson and Terry Dunfield back from national team duty to replace forward Quincy Amarikwa (who came in as a sub later) and midfielder Andrew Wiedeman. These were not the wholesale changes that I expected. Defender Ashtone Morgan missed today's game because of Yellow card accumulation.

The sun came out a few times but more often it looked like rain but that never started.

The announcer was the voice of the woam who does the Concacaf Championship matches. They don't flash the TFC player's pictures in the introductions any more.

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stats from MLSsoccer.com

Major Events

Goals and Assists
TOR  58'  Eric Hassli  (Luis Silva, Darren O'Dea)
PHI  85'  Sheanon Williams  (Antoine Hoppenot)

Match Info
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Attendance: 15669

TOR  23'  Eric Hassli  Dissent
PHI  39'  Michael Farfan  Foul
TOR  84'  Jeremy Hall  Foul
PHI  93'  Brian Carroll  Foul

Toronto – Milos Kocic; 
Jeremy Hall, Richard Eckersley, Darren O'Dea, Logan Emory; 
Reggie Lambe, Aaron Maund, Terry Dunfield, Ryan Johnson; 
Luis Silva, Eric Hassli (Quincy Amarikwa 80') 
... Substitutes not used: Freddy Hall; Adrian Cann, Dicoy Williams, Matt Stinson, Erica Avila
Philadelphia – Zac MacMath; 
Sheanon Williams, Carlos Valdes, Amobi Okugo, Gabriel Farfan (Roger Torres 83'); 
Brian Carroll, Michael Lahoud (Chandler Hoffman 61'), Michael Farfan; 
Jack McInerney, Danny Cruz, Freddy Adu (Antoine Hoppenot 71') 
... Substitutes not used: Chase Harrison; Chris Albright, Raymon Gaddis, Jimmy McLaughlin

Match Stats
Toronto FC               Philadelphia Union
 9     Attempts on Goal          7
 2     Shots on Target           1
 7     Shots off Target          3
 0     Blocked Shots             3
 7     Corner Kicks              4
19     Fouls                    13
21     Open Play Crosses        18
 5     Offsides                  2
 2     First Yellow Cards        2
 0     Second Yellow Cards       0
 0     Red Cards                 0
62     Duels Won                52
54%    Duels Won %              45%
247    Total Pass              448
63%    Passing Accuracy %       79%
36.7%  Possession               63.3%

TFC starters

Union starters

TFC Luis Silva (11) and Aaron Maund (21) take kickoff.

TFC Luis Silva (11) freekick waits as referee spray paints line to keep defenders back.

TFC Torsten Frings sends cornerkick into box.

PU Michael Farfan (21) and Jack McInerney (9) take kickoff.

TFC freekick into Union box.

TFC Eric Hassli (29) is down with an injury.

TFC Quincy Amarikwe (18) against Union Amobi Okugo (14) for this ball.

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