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  • March 22, 2014
  • • 16:30
  • • BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
  • Referee: S. Petrescu
  • • Attendance: 22591

MLS Preview: Toronto FC - D.C. United

MLS Preview: Toronto FC - D.C. United

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The Reds will look to build on their flying start to the 2014 season when they face DCU at BMO Field.

Following an outstanding 2014 debut, new-look Toronto FC looks to build on its momentum when it hosts D.C. United in its home opener Saturday at BMO Field.

TFC's big-money striker Jermain Defoe made his MLS debut in style, scoring twice in the first 25 minutes as the visitors went on to a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders last Saturday.

DCU, another team that underwent a massive overhaul in the offseason, didn't fare as well in its 2014 opener March 8. Hosting the Columbus Crew, United never got any offense going in a discouraging 3-0 loss.

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United got more bad news during the week. Midfielder Chris Pontius is still a long way from returning to the field, as he continues to struggle in his return from offseason hamstring surgery.

Things are considerably rosier north of the border, where rain and possibly snow are in the forecast for Saturday. The only downside comes in the form of new designated player Gilberto, who missed the team's opener with an upper leg injury, and is unlikely to make his debut against DCU.

"It's a big ask," TFC coach Ryan Nelsen told the media this week when asked about the striker's status for the United game.

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