TORONTO- Toronto FC remain top of the MLS after beating bottom table side DC United in a convincing 2-0 win last night at BMO Field. This win was Toronto’s 100th win in the MLS.
The three Designated Players’ returned to the side for Toronto which meant Michael Bradley made his 100th appearance for the club.
The Reds’ started the game off well, dictating the play and retrieving the ball quickly when losing it.
DC United played very resilient and tried to break down Toronto’s play then hit them on the counter attack but TFC’s pressing game was too much to handle.
Toronto had some half-chances in the first half but the match remained scoreless at the break.
Justin Morrow had a chance in the opening minute of the second half but failed to score from close range. Toronto looked up for it in the second half as they tried to remain first in the league.
In the 60th minute the three DP’s linked up to break the deadlock for Toronto. Giovinco’s beautiful pass found Altidore who remained onside and took one touch before striking the ball into the bottom corner to make it 1-0, getting his 7th goal of the season.
After the goal Toronto continued to dictate the play. DC United really struggled to create many chances as they looked to break their goal drought of not scoring from open play in 655 minutes.
Days after making his Canada debut, Raheem Edwards came on late into the game and provided a spark for the Reds’. The young Canadian had a few close chances but was unable to get his first TFC goal.
Another young Canadian, Jordan Hamilton, came on to try keep his impressive goal-scoring record going and doubled the lead with just five minutes to go with a well placed header.
Toronto remain unbeaten at home and go back to the top of the standings after the 2-0 victory which sees them with 32 points in 16 games.
DC’s struggled continue with no goals in their last three MLS games and no win in almost a month now.
Michael Bradley’s yellow card means he will be suspended for Friday’s home game against New England.
Toronto’s next game is in the Canadian Championship on June 21 against Montreal. DC will host expansion side Atlanta United on June 21.
Toronto: Bono; Zavaleta, Moor, Mavinga; Beitashour, Bradley, Delgado, Vazquez, Morrow; Giovinco, Altidore.
Subs: Raheem Edwards 75′, Jordan Hamilton 78′, Jonathan Osorio 84′.
DC United: Hamidl Korb, Birnbaum, Opare, Kemp; Jeffrey, Harkes; Sam, Acosta, Nyarko; Neagle.
Subs: Jose Ortiz 79′, Julian Buscher 82′, Sebastien Le Toux 85′.