The Black-and-Red didn’t get the result they wanted, but neither did Toronto as both teams drew a point a piece from the 0-0 tie. As far as games with no goals, this was a very exciting game, played in horrendous conditions.
In their first matchup Toronto wasn’t at full strength due to national team requirements and injuries, both teams were pretty healthy for this match though and it was a good one. Sebastian Giovinco was the hero for the Toronto in the first match up this season, DC did a much better job containing the immensely creative attacker. Toronto also did a good job of pressing forward and making Fabian Espindola and Luis Silva play much further back than they probably would have wanted. Which definitely affected the counter-attacking visiting team.
The first half and second half were nearly mirror images of each other. Each team created only a few quality chances and were not able to finish in the attacking third. Toronto looked much more active because of their pressure, but the visitors spent a considerable amount of time in front of their net as well.
Point in case, the Black-and-Red put three of their four shots on target while Toronto put just three of their 18 shots on frame. A large part for Toronto’s difference in total shots and shots on target was due to United’s willingness to sacrifice their bodies. On the evening, DC blocked seven of Toronto’s shots. When each team’s goalie had to make a save, both Bill Hamid and Chris Konopka answered the bell as they recorded three saves a piece.
It was a great game to watch (even on TV), as each team couldn’t quite seize the tempo or dictate how the game would be played. It’s easy to say that Toronto was more productive looking at the number of shots taken, but many of those were off target and ill-advised, some even taken in hope of generating an rebound. United didn’t take as many shots, but they were able to produce a few quality chances at their own pace by playing their game. Most teams wouldn’t be able to just absorb that much pressure from the opponents attackers, but United is comfortable in that role. That truly made the game fun to watch, both teams went about it in their own way but just couldn’t get it done.
United’s next game is June 30 on the road against the Union, while Toronto travels to LA to face the Galaxy on July 4th.
- Toronto is a good team, very dangerous attack
- United’s style isn’t pretty, but it’s worked on the road
- DC’s willingness to sacrifice their bodies is impressive, they have arguably the best keeper in the league and still lay their bodies on the line
- Giovinco is a delight to watch. Favorite move was in the 1st half on the endline when he used a same foot hesitation before servicing a teammate in the box
- Aguilar is starting to get comfortable in the league