TFC, United coming off Galaxy draws

BY foxsports • April 15, 2011

Toronto FC is unbeaten in its last six home games but had to settle for yet another draw in the opener of a three-game homestand this week.

D.C. United may hope their most recent draw is enough to get them back on track.

Toronto has settled for three consecutive ties going into its home matchup with D.C. on Saturday night.

"We know Toronto's a good team," United captain Dax McCarty said. "They always have great home support so we know it's going to be a dogfight."

Toronto is 2-0-4 at BMO Field since falling 3-2 to San Jose on Sept. 25.

That unbeaten run includes a scoreless draw with Los Angeles on Wednesday. It was the first of three straight home games for Toronto (1-1-3), which has played three draws in a row since beating Portland 2-0 on March 26.

"I'm not content with the draw, especially at home," defender Adrian Cann said. "We've got to get the three points. I think (Wednesday) was all right because we didn't have the forwards up top."

Cann was referring to Toronto playing without Alan Gordon and Maicon Santos. Gordon, tied for the team lead with two goals, is nursing a groin injury. Santos was a late scratch due to the flu, prompting coach Aron Winter to give Julian de Guzman the start at midfield.

It's unclear if Santos or Gordon will be available against D.C..

Winter said Toronto was lucky to come away with a draw.

"The way we started was not very well, because most of the time we are making the opponent stronger, and today they didn't score but they could have in the first minute," Winter said. "We got lucky they didn't score and then we could come into the game."

United (1-2-1) may have been more pleased with a draw in their latest match, considering they had lost two straight.

Charlie Davies scored on a penalty kick in the 90th minute last Saturday in a 1-all tie against the Galaxy.

Davies took over the MLS scoring lead with his fourth goal, all while coming off the bench in three appearances. However, he said he's ready to start if coach Ben Olsen gives him the opportunity.

"I'll go 95 minutes," Davies told the league's official website. "I'm ready. I want to play. I want to play every minute. That's why I came to D.C. United, is to play and get all the time I can."

United are 3-2-0 in five meetings at BMO Field, including a 1-0 win Sept. 11 in their only visit last season.

"It's a very important game for us," McCarty said.

Toronto bolstered its defense Friday, acquiring Richard Eckersley on loan from Burnley of the Npower Championship division in England. It's unclear if Eckersley will be in the lineup Saturday.


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