Eastern Conference foes get reacquainted with both sides looking to improve their respective places in the standings.D.C. United and Toronto FC were arguably the two most overhauled clubs in MLS this past offseason, and each team has seen the rewards of its labor in the early part of the season.
Sitting second and fourth in the Eastern Conference, respectively, D.C. and Toronto will meet Saturday at BMO Field for the second time in 2014. The first match between these improved sides came March 22, also at TFC's home stadium, with the Canadian side claiming a 1-0 victory.
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That result extended Toronto's unbeaten run versus D.C. to four games, with three of those contests ending in victories for Ryan Nelsen's side. It's a trend that D.C. will need to reverse if it wants to stay above TFC in a tight East playoff race.
Things will get that much harder for Ben Olsen's squad as American designated player Michael Bradley is set to return for TFC after missing the past six weeks while on World Cup duty. Bradley trained with Toronto on Friday morning and declared himself ready to go for his club side, which could provide a boost for a TFC outfit already riding high thanks to a six-match league unbeaten streak.