The 2-1 victory over Toronto FC gave D.C. United it’s third consecutive win. The Black-and-Red appear to be getting it together at the right time of the season. Earlier in the week, they got a 3-0 win over the Columbus Crew at RFK. The win in Canada would be just the second road win of the season for D.C. United. The two goals from Lamar Neagle would give him nine on the season, regaining the lead from teammate Patrick Mullins.
The home team would score first as Jozy Altidore exploited the space between Bobby Boswell and Steve Birnbaum. Once receiving the pass, Jozy turned Birnbaum inside out, deftly evaded a charging Bill Hamid and finishing easily in the 36th minute. In the past, well earlier this season this would be the type of demoralizing goal that would sink D.C. United. This isn’t the same team, as evidenced by their speedy response.
Three minutes later, D.C. United would tie the game courtesy of a header from Neagle. Luciano Acosta and his pursuit of the ball won them a corner, the ball was played into the box, a shot was taken and blocked but Neagle was able to keep himself onsides and finish the play from point blank range. It wasn’t a great half for the visitors as Toronto dominated possession and simply looked the better team. What did help the Black-and-red was their ability to finish the chances the received.
D.C. United had issues clearing the ball and marking at times. If Hamid wasn’t who he was, this could have easily have been a loss. The keeper faced several point blank shots and won in those situations. His positioning in those moments was impeccable, coming through in those moments were just as big if not larger than the two goals scored by Neagle.
The visitors scored the go ahead goal in the 58th minute, Lloyd Sam found Neagle in space and he calmly beat keeper Clint Irwin to put his team ahead. D.C. United held on despite an onslaught of pressure from Toronto
Hamid. Nothing else to say about this guy, arguably the best keeper in the league and he proves it start after start. Every time he makes one of those huge saves, it gives life to his teammates and closes out games in some situations. His play has given the team time to find itself in regards to their attack.
Neagle. He’s been the ideal team player, shuffled in and out of the starting lineup than relegated to a supersub before starting this match. Through all of that, he leads the team with nine goals. His pace gives opposing teams issues and he’s extremely comfortable in the box, has the timing of a forward. Did a great job staying onsides for that first goal. Whether he continues to start or not, D.C. United has a game wrecker in their corner.
Lucho. He didn’t have an assist or a goal in this match, but his impact was certainly felt. He’s what makes D.C. United’s new dangerous attack work, at the controls he’s able to manipulate defenders and defenses. Routinely finding teammates in space and providing some magic moments in 1v1 situations.