D.C. United strikes early, notches 3-0 win over Toronto FC

D.C. United strikes early, notches 3-0 win over Toronto FC
July 30, 2014, 10:30 pm
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With a motivated Toronto FC side and its high quality attack in town goals were expected. A 1-0 result was not considered probable. The goals did come, but it was all one-sided as D.C. United continued to serve notice of its strength with a 3-0 shutout of Toronto FC.

There was plenty for United to be concerned with. Toronto dominated in a 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City and had to settle for draws in its previous two games. The results that were hardly fitting for a team with Michael Bradley pulling the strings in midfield and a frontline led by Jermain Defoe and supported by Jackson and Dominic Oduro on the flanks.

Ben Olsen:

“Their movement is very, very good. It’s as good as you deal with in this league. It easily could’ve been 1-1, 2-1, to them in the first half. Shutouts aren’t easy to come by in this league, and I’m happy that the group got that tonight. Rolfe was pretty classy. Nick DeLeon looked good. Eddie was a real force tonight. I thought Steve and Bobby, the outside backs; everybody had a pretty good night.”

United controlled possession from the start and opened the scoring in the eighth minute on an Eddie Johnson header from a Perry Kitchen cross. There were threatening moments from Toronto, but serious attacks were muted and United was able to secure the three points with second half goals from Chris Rolfe and an own goal created from the persistence of Nick DeLeon

Conclusions

  1. 1. The team in the MVP. During our broadcast on Comcast SportsNet we asked for viewers to tweet out their thoughts on D.C. United’s most valuable player to date. Earlier in the season Fabian Espindola was the most popular response.  Now the wealth of credit is spread. Bill Hamid, who had eight saves against Toronto, continues to turn in performances worth of his All Star selection. In front of Hamid, Bobby Boswell has been rock solid and is helping to develop rookie Steve Birnbaum.  Perry Kitchen had the better of the matchup with Toronto’s Michael Bradley in the center of midfield and is more confident on the ball and going forward. Chris Rolfe is also in the MVP conversation and continues to impress by matching his danger on offense with determination on defense.
  2. 2. There is belief. United’s surge up the standings is no longer a curiosity.  A crowd of 16,171 turned up on a Wednesday night and provided the perfect soundtrack to a flawless performance by the home team.