Toronto FC-United Preview
For more than two years, D.C. United have been unable to notch
back-to-back victories. Hosting lowly Toronto FC may provide them
with their best chance of achieving that modest milestone.
United, who recorded their most lopsided victory of the season
in Ontario, again hope to make it two in a row and add to visiting
Toronto’s misery Saturday night.
D.C. (6-6-8) is coming off a 2-0 win over San Jose last
Saturday, as Dwayne De Rosario scored a pair of second-half goals.
De Rosario’s first goal in the 57th minute ended United’s scoreless
run at 266 minutes and helped them improve to 2-2-5 in their last
“Our success last weekend comes from hard work and doing the
little things on the field that amount to a victory,” assistant
coach Chad Ashton told United’s official website. “I think it’s
about our mentality and how we approach the game.
“We’ve got to continue with the mentality that we had last
weekend. I think if we can come with the same mentality good things
will happen essentially.”
Carrying over that mentality is easier said than done. United
have not won two straight since June 2009, a span of 66 MLS
There’s reason to believe, however, they can record an elusive
second straight win this weekend.
D.C has already earned three points against Toronto (3-11-10)
this season, winning 3-0 at BMO Field on April 16. Chris Pontius
scored his first of two goals in the fifth minute and Charlie
Davies, who has a team-high eight goals, gave United a 2-0 lead
with another score five minutes later.
Bill Hamid, who was named to the U.S. national team for
Wednesday’s friendly against Mexico, made one save to record the
first of his six shutouts.
While United have already shown they can defeat Toronto, the
team from Canada has not yet proven it can win away from home.
Toronto is 0-7-5 on the road and has earned one point in its
last five matches away from BMO Field. It ended a four-game losing
streak last Saturday with a 2-all draw against expansion
Although Toronto fell to 1-8-6 in its last 15 matches, there is
a sense of optimism after it rallied from two goals down against
the Timbers, with Peri Marosevic and Danny Koevermans scoring in
the final 20 minutes.
“There’s a long way to go,” Marosevic told Toronto’s official
website. “There’s a lot of games to play and we want to do well and
hopefully we can keep up the momentum.”
Marosevic was playing in his first game for Toronto after being
waived by FC Dallas last week. It was his first MLS goal after
appearing in four games with Dallas in parts of two seasons.