Toronto FC continued their recent abysmal form as Sheanon Williams scored five minutes from time to snatch a point at BMO. Eric Hassli deservedly gave the hosts the lead, but yet again the home side failed to see the game through allowing the Philly defender to poke home from close range.

Paul Mariner’s side came into the game without a win since July 19th, and most recently of the back of what the head coach described as the worst he has seen his young team perform since he took the reins back in June.

The Reds welcomed back Terry Dunfield and Ryan Johnson to the first eleven, both players were unavailable on Wednesday due to international commitments. The extra bite and quality was visualised by the pockets of fans situated in each of the four stands.

During the opening exchanges the game was being played in a cagey manner which helped Toronto, who managed to gradually involve their key men. Ryan Johnson was thrusting up and down the touchline harassing for every ball, whilst Logan Emory combatted everything that came his way. Luis Silva was committed to being clever, Dunfield was covering every blade of grass and Designated Player Eric Hassli was unsettling the Philly backline with his macho man presence.

With more enthusiasm to create Luis Silva found acres of space and exploited it perfectly, Hassli gave a helping hand through a dummy run. The number 11 shifted back onto his preferred right boot only to clear the far post by a matter of inches.

Eric Hassli was growing increasingly frustrated with the officiating, which forced him to clap sarcastically in the face of the ref and without hesitation Petrescu took his name along with an outstretched caution.

Despite a more passionate approach, TFC were still vulnerable to the counter attacking threat of Danny Cruz, just after the half hour mark the little winger manoeuvred in from the side-line to burst into the box. Darren O’Dea swiftly prevented the ex-DC United man with a scoring opportunity by timing a last ditch challenge to perfection.

As the half grew Jeremy Hall and Reggie Lambe combined neatly down the right to find Jamaican Ryan Johnson at the back post. The winger expertly cushioned the ball into Silva’s path. But the end product wasn’t pretty, the striker thumped with no direction, catapulting the ball high over MacMath’s goal.

After the break the visitors came out with purpose and conviction to punish a sloppy opposition, again Cruz was at the forefront, forcing mistakes and set pieces. Fellow Philly team mate Michael Farfan found his trickster boots for the time on fifty minutes out muscling two, but Eckersley came across to concede a corner.

The deadlock was finally broke (59). A cleared Toronto corner kick found the feet of O’Dea on halfway, and with superb vision the Dubliner pinpointed Silva running onside. Luis Silva reached the by-line with purpose to cut the ball back. Firstly Dunfield miss cued, allowing Eric Hassli to take one touch to set and the next to slot the ball past MacMath. The Frenchman’s finish followed his recent goal scoring exploits against Chicago Fire to secure him two goals in two games and five overall for the season.

The goal forced visiting coach John Hackworth to tinker with his misfiring line up. Chandler Hoffman came on to replace Lahoud. Following the swap the usually dependable Jack McInerney looped an unpressurised header over. Soon relief turned into nervousness for the home side who have not won since Colorado back in mid-July.

Passions boiled over as players from both teams were scrambling each other to convince referee Silviu Petrescu into an advantage.

Hackworth triggered another substitute over a space of ten minutes, this time it was a double, removing an unhappy Freddy Adu and Gabriel Farfan for Antoine Hoppenot and a buoyant Roger Torres. The away side were seeking to take the bull by the horns and get something from the game.

During the process of the seconds ticking down, vulnerability was mounting with every wave of Philadelphia attack, and at the death they cracked. The three newcomers Torres, Hoffman and Hoppenot combined to send a ticking time bomb across the six yard box. With every red shirt shying away from the delivery, defender Sheanon Williams emerged from the crowd to dab home from close range.

‘Déjà vu’ was REPEATED AGAIN and it felt like the players and fans were expecting it to happen, the shock around the arena was non-existent.

The point a piece does not sanction any move up the Eastern Conference for either side who remain 10th and 9th respectively.

Next up for Toronto FC is a daunting trip to MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy, whilst the Union host DC United without Dwayne De Rosario.

Toronto FC (1)

30. Milos Kocic (GK)

25. Jeremy Hall (84)

27. Richard Eckersley

48. Darren O’Dea (C)

2. Logan Emory

19. Reggie Lambe

21. Aaron Maund

23. Terry Dunfield

9. Ryan Johnson

11. Luis Silva (Assist: 59)

29. Eric Hassli (Yellow – 23) (Goal: 59) (80)

Subs

41. Freddy Hall (GK)

12. Adrian Cann

31. Dicoy Williams

15. Matt Stinson

8. Eric Avila

32. Andrew Wiedeman

18. Quincy Amarikwa (80)

Manager: Paul Mariner

Philadelphia Union (1)

18. Zac MacMath (GK)

25. Sheanon Williams (Goal: 85)

14. Amobi Okugo

2. Carlos Valdes (C)

15. Gabriel Farfan (83)

13. Michael Lahoud (61)

7. Brian Carroll (Yellow – 90+3)

21. Michael Farfan (Yellow – 39)

44. Danny Cruz

11. Freddy Adu (71)

9. Jack McInerney

Subs

32. Chase Harrison (GK)

28. Raymon Gaddis

3. Chris Albright

8. Roger Torres (83)

29. Antoine Hoppenot (71) (Assist: 85)

12. Chandler Hoffman (61) (Assist: 85)

20. Jimmy McLaughin

Manager: John Hackworth

By Anthony Bedworth

@maplesoccer123

@usbritain05

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