Toronto beats Union 3-1 to close in on first playoff berth

TORONTO (AP) Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore scored and Toronto FC beat the Philadelphia Union 3-1 on Saturday to close in on the first playoff berth in franchise history.

Toronto improved to 14-13-4. Philadelphia (9-16-7) was eliminated from playoff contention.

Giovinco, on his third free kick of the first half, converted in the 28th minute from the edge of the penalty box when his shot deflected off Raymon Gaddis in the wall and looped high into the far corner of the goal. Giovinco has 21 goals this season.

Altidore scored in the 63rd, fighting off a defender to tap the ball in for his 12th of the season.

Toronto-born defender Steven Vitoria scored for Philadelphia in the 66th minute. Philadelphia had an own goal in stoppage time when Richie Marquez put Jonathan Osorio’s cross into the net.