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  • March 22, 2014
  • • 4:30 PM
  • • BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
  • Referee: S. Petrescu
  • • Attendance: 22591

Toronto FC 1-0 D.C. United: Defoe scores again for TFC

Toronto FC 1-0 D.C. United: Defoe scores again for TFC

Tom Szczerbowski

TFC had many chances to score, but only needed a second half strike from Jermain Defoe to dispatch struggling D.C.

Toronto FC continued its winning ways Saturday, edging Eastern Conference foe D.C. United by a 1-0 scoreline at BMO Field. The victory was TFC's second straight to start the 2014 campaign, which is the first time that the club has won its first two league matches.

The first half saw Toronto go on the offensive, although the home side squandered several golden opportunities in front of goal. Jermain Defoe was the biggest offender, as the English striker saw two shots from in close stopped by United 'keeper Bill Hamid, and another effort late in the opening frame glance off the right post.

Rough pitch conditions, a result of an historically terrible winter in Southern Ontario, kept both sides from playing a short passing game, with the teams instead opting for a more direct style. That favored TFC, but D.C. managed to get a couple of half-chances as well, the best coming off the foot of former Red Luis Silva, who belted a 25-yarder just wide of Julio Cesar's goal.

The second half started just like the first, with Defoe once again coming agonizingly close within the opening couple of minutes. He would eventually open his BMO Field account on the hour mark, after fellow TFC striker Gilberto forced Hamid into a fine save that eventually led to D.C. defender Bobby Boswell's botched clearance landing at Defoe's feet. The 31-year-old designated player made no mistake, slotting home from near the penalty spot and giving TFC a well-deserved lead.

Substitute Dwayne De Rosario nearly doubled the home side's lead in the 75th minute, after he was sent in alone thanks to a nicely weighted ball from Defoe. Unfortunately for the 35-year-old MLS legend, the poor pitch conditions seemed to slow him down, and his eventual shot was deflected wide by a D.C. defender.

The rest of the game saw D.C. try fruitlessly to grab an equalizer, but the TFC defense held steadfast and United was kept off the score sheet for the second match in a row.