MLS Preview: Toronto FC - D.C. United
TFC's playoff chances are long dead, but if the Reds snap out of their funk, they can still make D.C. nervous.
By Keith Hickey
|Toronto FC (4-4-2): F. Hall; J. Hall, Eckersley, O'Dea, Morgan; Lambe, Maund, Dunfield, Amarikwa; Silva, Johnson.
OUT: GK Stefan Frei (L lower leg); FW Danny Koevermans (L knee ACL tear); DF Ty Harden (lower abdominal strain); MF Torsten Frings (L hip); MF Matt Stinson (R quadriceps strain)
QUESTIONABLE: FW Eric Hassli (R ankle sprain)
|D.C. United (4-4-2): Hamid; Najar, McDonald, Jakovic, Korb; DeLeon, Kitchen, Saragosa, Pontius; Pajoy, M. Santos.
OUT: MF Lance Rozeboom (L knee ACL tear); DF Daniel Woolard (concussion-like symptoms); MF Stephen King (inguinal hernia repair); FW Josh Wolff (lower back disc herniation); MF Dwayne De Rosario (L knee MCL sprain); DF Emiliano Dudar (R knee bone bruise); MF Raphael Augusto (L quadriceps strain); FW Long Tan (L ankle sprain)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Chris Pontius scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season to extend United’s undefeated streak to four games in their 1-1 draw at Portland to start a two-game road swing.
- United have won on their last three visits to BMO Field. In seven games all-time in Toronto, D.C. has won five.
- This is the third meeting of the year for theses teams. D.C. United won twice in the space of three weekends as Chris Pontius and Hamdi Salihi scored in a 2-0 win May 5 at BMO Field, then Dwayne De Rosario bagged two and Salihi netted again in a 3-1 triumph May 19 at RFK Stadium.
- D.C. is currently fourth in the Eastern Conference, with 51 points from 31 games, and hasn't lost in four matches. Toronto is dead last in the East, with just 22 points from as many games. The Reds haven't won in seven games.
- TFC has kept just three clean sheets this season, against Philadelphia on May 26, Montreal on June 27, and against New England on July 14.
Top 3 Predictions
Toronto FC 1-3 D.C. United
- 33.33 %
Toronto FC 2-0 D.C. United
- 13.33 %
Toronto FC 2-1 D.C. United
- 6.67 %
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Sep 28, 2013||Toronto FC 4 - D.C. United 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Aug 24, 2013||D.C. United 1 - Toronto FC 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Jun 15, 2013||D.C. United 1 - Toronto FC 2|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Oct 6, 2012||Toronto FC 0 - D.C. United 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||May 19, 2012||D.C. United 3 - Toronto FC 1|
|Oct 26, 2013||Toronto FC 1 - Montreal Impact 0||MLS|
|Oct 19, 2013||Chicago Fire 1 - Toronto FC 0||MLS|
|Oct 5, 2013||Philadelphia Union 1 - Toronto FC 0||MLS|
|Sep 28, 2013||Toronto FC 4 - D.C. United 1||MLS|
|Sep 21, 2013||Toronto FC 1 - Sporting Kansas City 2||MLS|
|-||Frederick Michael George Hall||Goalkeeper|
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