By Harvey Hoffman
The Union have been in a horrible slump lately.
But a terrible Toronto FC team arrived in Chester last night, and Philly cleaned up.
First-half goals by Jakob Glesnes, Sergio Santos and Daniel Gazdag fueled the Union’s 3-0 win.
“I think the easiest way to put it is, that was us tonight,” manager Jim Curtin said.
“That was the Philadelphia Union at our best. … I think the way that we started the game, we put Toronto under a lot of pressure. Our commitment to run, to put two and three guys on the ball, to score in transition, to score on a set piece, that’s what we’re about.”
The Union had been 1-2-4 in their last seven entering the game.
After the Union’s 25 shots against 10-man Chicago on Saturday earned 1-1 draw, last night’s win was refreshing.
“It was really important for us today that we took the lead today because everybody but not just in Philly but the whole MLS knows, when we score the first goal, we are hard to break down,” Kai Wagner said. “I think today was a great job that we did up there. It was important to score the first goal, and we followed our instinct and scored the second and third goal.”
“That’s the way we like it,” Curtin said. “When I say that’s us, if we think about last year, we think about the beginning of this season, and we did go on a tough road stretch and with the Chicago game, but to keep the zero is key. We’re not going to outscore teams. If we get into shootouts with teams, we’re not going to win. That’s just the reality.”