Captain Bradley scores two as TFC downs Philadelphia 3-1
Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley (4) battles Philadelphia Union midfielder midfielder Ilsinho (25) for a header in the first half of an MLS soccer match in Chester, Pa., Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, March 2, 2019 4:22PM EST
CHESTER, Pa. -- Michael Bradley scored his first goal since the 2016 season and added another in the second half for his first career multi-goal MLS game as Toronto FC opened the season with a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.
Bradley, the eight-year MLS veteran who was scoreless in back-to-back 30-plus start seasons, scored the first goal of the 2019 season in first-half stoppage time with an easy redirection of Auro's cross to the penalty spot. His second goal in the 62nd minute also came on an open shot from the spot.
Nick DeLeon, an off-season acquisition from D.C. United, capped the scoring in second-half stoppage time with a shot from the top of the 18-yard box for his first goal since 2016.
Toronto had several other good scoring chances in the first half but Jonathan Osorio's penalty-kick attempt in the 34th minute was saved by Andre Blake and Jordan Hamilton's breakaway shot rolled just wide of the post.
Toronto has a four-game winning streak in the series and its undefeated streak against the Union has reach four years with its last loss coming on September 6, 2014.
Philadelphia ended a 359-minute scoreless stretch in the series on Marco Fabian's penalty kick goal in the 73rd. It was the MLS debut for the Mexican national team member. The Union nearly scored three minutes later but Toronto defenceman Laurent Ciman cleared it off the line.