The Black-and-Red left Toronto a bit disappointed last night, they had a shot at three points, but left with just one as the game ended in a 4-4 draw. They scored three first half goals, but a massive second half by Toronto nearly upset them. Nick Hagglund capped off the rally in the 87th minute providing the then equalizer. D.C. United would go ahead 4-3 in the 90th minute courtesy of Yamil Asad, but Hagglund again stepped up for Toronto by scoring in the 92nd minute. Both Hagglund and Asad had two goals in the match, obviously D.C. United has to do better in closing out games, but they did leave a tough environment with a point.
The attack has been having some quality opportunities since moving Paul Arriola inside and Darren Mattocks has continued to produce up top. Mattocks has seven goals on the season and has now scored in four consecutive games for the first time in his career. Asad scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season in the draw against Toronto. Defensively, last night wasn’t an outing to be proud of. Toronto sent numbers forward in the second half and it paid off, the Black-and-Red saw a three goal lead disappear.
D.C. United is now 2-6-4 on the season, at first glance it isn’t much to be excited about. They’ve only played 12 games, just two of which were “home” games. Starting July 14th, they play 15 of their last 20 games at home. So there’s an opportunity to not only get on track with the string of home matches, but for the team to get an emotional boost by being home. Coach Olsen mentioned in post game last night that the travel is starting to “wear” on the group. That’s to be expected as this was the second 10-day stretch of the season in which they were on the road. Another positive, they’ve played the least amount of games in the entire league.
The next match for the Black-and-Red is June 20th against Orlando City SC in Open Cup play.