Struggling DC United host league leaders Toronto FC

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WASHINGTON- DC United are in a huge slump, a very huge one. Can they turn their season around this weekend when high-flying league leaders Toronto FC come to town?

Toronto FC are full of confidence after last weekend’s 4-0 mauling against Eastern Conference rivals New York City FC, which saw Sebastian Giovinco score two amazing goals.

DC United are currently on a 6-game losing streak after their embarrassing 4-0 defeat against expansion Minnesota United.

The last meeting between the two sides was in June at BMO Field when Toronto won 2-0 thanks to goals from Jozy Altidore and Jordan Hamilton.

Ben Olsen’s team currently sits last place in the Eastern Conference with just 18 points in 22 games, while Toronto FC have 43 points in 22 games and are five points above second place Chicago Fire.

Injury News

Rob Vincent and Ian Harkes are out indefinitely while Taylor Kemp and Patrick Nyarko are questionable. For Toronto FC, Steven Beithashour remains out after his surgery, Oyvind Alseth and Benoit Cheyrou are also injured.

Key Players

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Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore are always the danger men for Toronto. The strike force duo have a combined 20 goals and 10 assists this season. Altidore was also amongst the goals when these two sides met earlier this season.

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Luciano Acosta is a huge threat for DC United; with his pace and vision, he can open up a defence like a hot knife through butter. He can shoot from distances and also has good defensive work-rate. The 23-year-old will be looking to help his team with a late push to compete for that final playoff spot.

Toronto FC have lost just once in their last six meetings with DC United but the hosts have a 5-4-3 record at RFK Stadium.

Kickoff is at 7:00pm EST and the match will be televised across the TSN network.

Projected lineups:

DC United: Hamid; Franklin, Birnbaum, Boswell, Kemp; Sarvas, Jeffrey; Sam, Acosta, Neagle; Brown.

Toronto FC: Bono; Zavaleta, Moor, Mavinga; Morrow, Bradley, Vazquez, Delgado, Edwards; Altidore, Giovinco.

 

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