Toronto knocks out Union

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

TORONTO >> Se­bas­tian Giovinco had a goal and two as­sists to lead Toronto FC to the first MLS play­off vic­tory in fran­chise his­tory, 3-1 over the Philadel­phia Union on Wed­nes­day night in a knock­out game.

Toronto will host New York City FC on Sun­day in the open­ing game of the two-legged Eastern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal.

Jonathan Oso­rio and Jozy Alti­dore also scored for Toronto.

Ale­jan­dro Be­doya scored for the Union in the 73rd minute to cut the lead to 2-1. But Giovinco, af­ter draw­ing three de­fend­ers, found Alti­dore in the 85th minute and the U.S. in­ter­na­tional, af­ter a for­tu­itous bounce off a de­fender, sent a low shot home.

Alti­dore and sev­eral team­mates jumped the ad­ver­tis­ing hoard­ings at the south end and dis­ap­peared briefly into the stands to cel­e­brate.

Sixth-place Philadel­phia started well, tak­ing the game to Toronto. But the home side struck first in the 15th minute with Alti­dore muscling his way into Philadel­phia ter­ri­tory. De­fender Ken Trib­bett hooked the ball away awk­wardly to­wards his own penalty box and goal­keeper An­dre Blake tried to meet it. Alti­dore beat him to it, flick­ing the ball over to Giovinco, who got a leg to it to send the ball high into the net.

Oso­rio made it 2-0 three min­utes into the sec­ond half off Giovinco’s cor­ner. Alti­dore and Toronto de­fender Nick Hag­glund col­lided and the ball bounced off Hag­glund’s chest to Oso­rio, who belted it home.

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