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The Black-and-Red were able to get a point out of a 2-2 draw with visiting Toronto FC last night at Audi Field.
They’ve been ravaged by injuries, losing three of their last five all while providing limited opportunities from an attacking standpoint. They lost Mohammed Abu due to an injury near the end of the first half in this contest.
Still, D.C. United got out to a quick start with Ola Kamara pressuring Omar Gonzalez, taking the ball from him and sliding a shot past the keeper to put his team up 1-0. It was the first time the Black-and-Red had scored in the first half in almost a year.
They almost scored again several minutes later but Yamil Asad’s shot hit the crossbar, Toronto would even things up after a poor clearance by D.C. United’s back line led to Pozuelo beating Hamid.
Ayo Akinola replaced Jozy Alitodore to start the second half for Toronto FC and scored in the 60th minute to take the lead. It looked like it was going to be the winner for the visiting side.
Griffin Yow had other ideas, smashing home a 12-yard volley in the 88th minute to provide the equalizer. Joseph Mora played a ball into the box, two Toronto defenders go for the header to clear it and it ends up at the foot of Yow.
Kamara – Appreciated his effort in this match, he’s done a good job for a couple of games of competing on the defensive end despite the limited opportunities created for him on the attacking side. He came back a few times to give an outlet to the backline when needed.
Youth – Yow, Paredes, and Nyland provided a much needed jolt of energy. Their fearlessness is what stood out the most. After the game Yow mentioned that they discuss as a group via texts, group chats, etc that “the very first thing we need to bring is energy and work” and they’ve done that. They definitely left their imprint on the game.
Rivas – He’s still getting acclimated, but it’s clear to see what he brings to the table. A physical presence up front that can create space for himself to get shots off. Like Kamara, he needs to be provided some better quality service but the two of them did a solid job of pressing last night.