It wasn’t a good night for the Black-and-Red in the least bit. The first half wasn’t one they could be proud of and the second half shoed a bit more promise, but they weren’t the sharpest. Despite that, they were able to overcome a first half goal from Nick DeLeon with a penalty kick late from Wayne Rooney.
Toronto’s goal came courtesy of Richie Laryea picking on D.C. United’s Chris McCann in the 19th minute. He used a stop and go to get past the D.C. United defender before playing a ball across the center of the box, DeLeon appeared to be unmarked and calmly slid the ball past Bill Hamid.
Even though the home side wasn’t particularly sharp, they did create some chances in both halves. The final touch was routinely lacking though, there was ton of poor body language from the home side as well.
Ayo Akinola was the culprit in the 88th minute, pulling down Fredric Brillant at the near post on a corner for D.C. United. Initially nothing was called, then the official went to a Video Review. Upon the completion of the review it was ruled a penalty kick for the Black-and-Red.
Up next for D.C. United is a July 4th matchup with FC Dallas on the road.
Left Back: D.C. United still has not solved that issue to this point in the season. McCann started the game there but was replaced by Marquinhos Pedroso in the second half and that helped shore things up a bit. As Olsen said, they have to figure it out.
Health: As players continue to get back to full health that will help a bit, especially on the back line. One of the things the Black-and-Red did earlier this year with Mora out was play three centre backs, using Donavan Pines to roam the middle and it was effective.