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

nine games.

“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

games.

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

Portland.

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.