Having missed out on a second Supporters’ Shield in three seasons, Philadelphia Union are doubly determined to lift MLS Cup on 5 November.
Last weekend, the Union’s shield hopes were mathematically ended by Charlotte FC, getting hammered 4-0 in Queen City.
Since 8 July, Jim Curtin’s team have been in ridiculous form, winning 11 of 15 games, scoring 4+ on seven occasions.
Now though, Philly must win here to ensure they’ll be the east’s top seeds, thereby going straight into the Conference semi-finals.
Toronto FC meanwhile came into 2022 with high hopes, but end it with only San Jose and D.C. below them.
Bob Bradley’s team have now lost four on the bounce, beaten 1-0 by Inter Miami at BMO Field last time out.
The Reds did see a mini-upturn in form in July/August, but a catastrophic start has held them back.
Next year, with Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi in the team from the beggininng, expect a significant improvement from TFC.
Here, anything other than an easy Philadelphia victory at Subaru Park would be a surprise.