Toronto FC must shake off a dreadful 3-3 tie with the Columbus Crew that felt like a loss and concentrate on playing an equally frustrated Philadelphia Union team on Friday in Chester, Pa.
What seemed like a sure road victory, which would have been its first of the season, turned into an epic collapse Saturday for Toronto (3-7-2) in Columbus.
The Reds led 3-0 after a 57th minute goal by Sebastian Giovinco, but the Crew rallied and got the equalizer in the 90th minute on a penalty kick by Federico Higuain.
“You take the positives you can out of a game like that,” Toronto forward Tosaint Ricketts said. “There was a lot of good: goals, some flashes of what we can do, how we can pull teams apart. That’s what we have to focus on.
“The mentality this week is getting back to work, knowing what is ahead of us, what we need to do to close the gap. The first 65 (minutes) was fantastic. The guys are working hard. We have the character and we definitely have the talent to turn it around.”
Philadelphia (5-6-3) was stung last weekend as well. Trying to build on a stretch of two wins and a pair of ties over four games, the Union lost 3-1 at Atlanta United in part because of a pair of red cards in the 19th minute to Haris Medunjanin and Alejandro Bedoya. Bedoya was accused of calling the referee “a cheat” while arguing a penalty-kick call.
“I won’t let Atlanta and the negatives that happened in that game affect the group, and I think it is a credit to them how even the heart they showed in that game is something extraordinary,” Union coach Jim Curtin said. “That one is in the past now.”
However, the Union must cope with not having Medunjanin and Bedoya available for the Toronto match at Talen Energy Stadium. Both players’ suspensions were upheld by the league on Thursday.
—Field Level Media