Published: August 29, 3:51 a.m. ET
Updated: August 29, 12:48 p.m. ET

Toronto FC are back home on the shores of Lake Ontario on Wednesday night to play the second-best team in the Eastern Conference, Jim Curtin’s Philadelphia Union.

After TFC’s 10th straight defeat on Saturday night, the Reds were very lucky to leave Columbus with only a 2-0 loss considering the Crew amassed 31 shot attempts.

TFC continues to make history for all the wrong reasons this season, and with eight games remaining, it isn’t crazy to say that things may get worse.

On Monday, it was announced that John Herdman has been hired as Toronto FC’s new head coach, though he won’t take charge of the team until Sunday, October 1 — which would mean his first game at the helm would come against Charlotte FC.

Interim head coach Terry Dunfield will manage the squad for five more matches until Herdman, the former coach of both the Canadian men’s and women’s national teams steps into his first club management role.

Dunfield will have Raoul Petretta available for selection this week after the Italian defender served a one-game suspension for a red-card offense against CF Montréal which occurred on Sunday, August 20. German striker Prince Owusu and fellow new signing Cassius Mailula will not be available due to lower-leg injuries.

The Philadelphia Union are currently in the midst of yet another consistent season and will most likely finish top five in the Eastern Conference. Philly’s defence is as solid as usual with captain and goalkeeper Andre Blake recording eight clean sheets so far this year, and the Union have only conceded 27 goals in 24 league matches. With left-back Kai Wagner typically on set piece duty, Philadelphia is always a threat on corner kicks and free kicks with centre-backs Jack Elliott and Jakob Glesnes who both stand over six feet tall.

The Union have won four of their last five games in all competitions, including an impressive Leagues Cup run that culminated with them beating CF Monterrey 3-0 in the third-place match, after running into Lionel Messi’s unstoppable Inter Miami in the semi-final.

Philly’s three Designated Players are meeting, maybe even exceeding, expectations as midfielder Dániel Gazdag, and strikers Julian Carranza and Mikael Uhre have scored 28 of Philadelphia’s 42 MLS goals. Although TFC have only conceded one penalty in 2023, Gazdag is the Union’s penalty kick-taker, and he is yet to miss a spot kick.

The team from the City of Brotherly Love was victorious this past weekend as they defeated D.C. United 3-1 in the nation’s capital, with Gazdag and Uhre on the scoresheet.

This battle between TFC and the Union will be the second and final one of the season. The reverse fixture took place on Saturday, April 22 at Subaru Park where the hosts came out victorious by a score of 4-2. Goal scorers that night were Lorenzo Insigne and Richie Laryea.

Match Details

Opponent: Philadelphia Union
Kick-off: 7:30 p.m. ET
Stadium: BMO Field, Toronto, ON
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