Pozuelo Scores Game Winner as Toronto Rally to Defeat Philadelphia

Giancarlo Aulino
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Saturday, October 3, 2020

Alejandro Pozuelo scored the go-ahead goal in the 76th minutes to give Toronto FC the 2-1 and seal the victory over the Philadelphia Union and now move closer top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Toronto head coach Greg Vanney went with the same starting-XI he used in last Sunday’s win over the Columbus Crew: Quentin Westberg starting in-goal; Richie Laryea, Omar Gonzalez, Chris Mavinga, and Justin Morrow on the backline; Marky Delgado, Jonathan Osorio, Alejandro Pozuelo, and Pablo Piatti in the midfield; and both Ayo Akinola and Jozy Altidore as the strikers.

Toronto did not get off to a good start as it took Philadelphia striker Sergio Santos only 5 minutes to score a goal and put his team up 1-0, resulting in Toronto facing an uphill battle if they wanted to get the momentum back in their favour.  “I do think we need to stop conceding…giving up the first goal” said Vanney, who although was not too happy about his side trailing 1-0 in the first few minutes, complimented the quality and resilience of his side as they came back to win the match.

Akinola, who has really come into his own this season, scored in the 58th minute to even the score and get Toronto back on track. The 20-year old now has 7 goals in 10 matches this season, which is an impressive feat and a testament to all the hard work he has put in thus far. Loanee Tony Gallacher assisted on the Akinola goal, which gives him his first MLS assist since arriving on loan from Liverpool.

Aside from conceding the opening goal, Toronto were in control for the majority of the match and getting more opportunities and finding more openings in the Union’s defense.

Pozuelo would score the eventual game winner in the 76th minute, when he headed the ball in the net after receiving a cross from Piatti.

Unfortunately for Toronto, both Altidore and Morrow needed to be subbed of due to injury and in Altidore’s case, Vanney noted that it might not be a short-term injury. Altidore getting injured is disappointing because he had been playing well as of late and was starting to hit his stride in this dynamic Toronto offense.

Toronto FC are back in action on Wednesday, when they take on the New England Revolution.



Photo Credit: Toronto FC