Philadelphia, Toronto hope to reverse winless runs
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - BMO Field will host a meeting of two Major League Soccer bottom-feeders Saturday as the Philadelphia Union head north to face Toronto FC.
Toronto is without a point this season, sitting last in the East with an 0-9-0 record. Philadelphia has managed 8 points through 10 games, second-fewest in the league this term.
Despite Toronto's abysmal league performance, the club was able to pick up a piece of silverware midweek by claiming the Canadian Championship and maintaining its unbeaten record against MLS teams in non-league competitions.
That may help relieve some of the stress around the TFC camp. After the club's most recent MLS defeat (a 3-1 loss to D.C. United at RFK Stadium), striker Danny Koevermans stated that no other team is playing at worse level than Toronto.
"Name me one team in the whole world that is 0-9," said Koevermans. "That's what I was referring to - that there is not one team in the world who have lost nine times in a row."
Adrian Cann echoed Koevermans' sentiments.
"I can say we're the worst team in the world but it's harder to say we're the worst team in the world and do something about it," said the Toronto defender. "Actions speak louder than words."
Head coach Aron Winter, who has been on the hot seat dating back to last season, poured fuel on the fire by addressing his player's assessments: "I don't agree and I think he has to be smarter and not say those things."
Philadelphia is winless in its last four league games, but it can take some positives from its most recent outing, a 1-1 draw with FC Dallas. The Union fell behind when Blas Perez headed home from close range in the seventh minute, but Gabriel Gomez was able to salvage a point with his strike 11 minutes after halftime.
The match marked the first competitive appearance made by goalkeeper Chase Harrison, who was deputizing for the sidelined Zac MacMath. Harrison took his lumps over the course of the 90 minutes, but he remained in the game and emerged with his first point as an MLS 'keeper.
"I don't know if anything could have happened that would have taken me out of the game," said Harrison. "It was just one of those situations where I got this opportunity and I wanted to make the most of it. It would have been very difficult for anything to happen that would have made me come out - unless the trainers physically dragged me off the field."
Harrison could return to the sidelines if MacMath is able to recover from concussion symptoms. The first-choice Union 'keeper is listed as questionable.
05/25 13:27:32 ET