A disappointing day at BMO Field ended in defeat as Nick de Leon and Perry Kitchen's goals gave DC a 2-1 win over Toronto, with Nick Hagglund sent off and Michael Bradley's return ruined. TFC now have 2 points from 3 games after the World Cup break. Full report to come shortly, for now, here's some highlights and quotes.
DCU - Nick DeLeon 54' (Luis Silva)
TFC - Luke Moore 60'
DCU - Perry Kitchen 69' (Lewis Neal)
TFC - Nick Hagglund 88' (ejection)
Toronto FC: 6-5-3 21pts.
D.C. United: 8-5-4 28pts.
Toronto FC - Joe Bendik; Mark Bloom, Steve Caldwell ©, Nick Hagglund, Justin Morrow; Jackson (Daniel Lovitz 77'), Michael Bradley (Jonathan Osorio 61'), Collen Warner, Bradley Orr (Dominic Oduro 45'); Jermain Defoe, Luke Moore
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Konopka, Doneil Henry, Kyle Bekker, Dwayne De Rosario
D.C. United - Bill Hamid; Sean Franklin, Steve Bimbaum, Chris Korb, Bobby Boswell ©; Perry Kitchen, Nick DeLeon (Conor Doyle 79') Conor Doyle, Davy Arnaud, Luis Silva (Lewis Neal 62'); Chris Rolfe (Collin Martin 84'), Eddie Johnson
Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Dykstra, Nana Attakora, Taylor Kemp, Jared Jeffrey
RYAN NELSEN - HEAD COACH, TORONTO FC
Overall thoughts on the game.
Very frustrating as we had a couple lapses in the game, a couple mistakes which has cost us the game. The overall play was pretty good even though it took us a little bit to get in the game.
What did you make of the red card at the end of the game?
What frustrated me was that how many times our players broke away from defenders and they pulled and knocked us down; we continued and played on and nothing was called. There was one situation in the second half where Jermaine Defoe was being pulled down but miraculously has stayed on his feet but it is a yellow card. Unfortunately, when it came to our foul, the player sold the foul and committed a big dive.
Any thoughts on maybe trying DeRosario against his old team?
Yeah but we have some very good forwards and it is very hard to get into the team now. Lovitz was fantastic when he came on and showed great technique at the end when he almost scored.
DOMINIC ODURO - MIDFIELDER, TORONTO FC
What were your thoughts on the game?
It hurts a little bit but I thought we did well and that is the way we need to approach games especially when we are at home. We just need to stay positive and keep playing hard.
Do you feel the team was a bit fatigued after coming home from being on the road?
A little bit but you don't want to dwell on that as it happens to other teams and they have schedules like this too. It is unfortunate we were put in this situation this week but it's no excuse. We played better in the second half and that is the positives that we can take away from this game.
STEVEN CALDWELL - DEFENDER, TORONTO FC
What are your thoughts on the game?
We gave it away really as we lost two very sloppy goals. We are very disappointed as we thought we were right in the game obviously. First half we had a lot of possession; we had them on the break and created good opportunities. In the second half we gave away two very sloppy goals which has cost us the game.
What are your thoughts on the red card on Nick Hagglund?
Well, the call was a yellow card and I've never known anything like it. We should start changing penalty decisions and reassess everything from above in the stand and telling the referee everything in his ear. Essentially there is no point in having a referee out there as we'd be better off with 3 or 4 guys out there with ear pieces and microphones doing the job.
BEN OLSEN - HEAD COACH, D.C. UNITED
What was the difference in this match than the loss to Seattle, not as many chances but finished on the ones you had tonight?
Yeah we played much better against Seattle, ironically, sometimes that is how it goes. I thought their game plan was good in the first half, we had some heavy legs and I thought they wanted to defend and counter which worked very well for them. We were poor with the ball and played right into it, second half we changed our mentality a bit and made it into a little bit more of a fight and changed the game that way. Then we held on down the stretch, they're a good team with some real impact players up top. Moore and Defoe between the two of them are a real handful; I thought our guys did well. It wasn't our best night but this team has real metal, real character, and that sees us through games.
When you talk about the changes in the second half you guys were having more space on the counter and able to move the ball up field?
They changed formation a little bit as well, they went to a 4-4-2, now Oduro is out there stretching the field so there was a little more space to play. I think that helped us, but it also made them a very dangerous team with their front four. It got a little crazy there down the stretch and we hung in there.
Has anything changed in your mind since the last time you played Toronto, with your club?
The field looks better! Besides that, they are obviously going to be a very good team with the pieces they have, time is on their side with the games in hand. We have continued to grow we have lost a few players and have some starters out with Espindola, Parke, we have lost a left back so we are still evolving to see who we are going to be this year. In the meantime we need to get points and it's not an easy place to come so we are extremely happy.
PERRY KITCHEN - MIDFIELDER, D.C. UNITED
Not the prettiest game in DC United's mind, but you will take the three points any day?
Absolutely, it was a tough match and not our best performance but like you said we came for points and that is all that matters.
What was the difference tonight, you guys probably played better against Seattle, but you guys were able to hold off Toronto's attack?
We definitely showed a better performance against Seattle possession wise, but tonight we found a way to put away our chances and that is always the difference.
Do you see much difference in your team since the last time you guys played Toronto? Or have you guys changed much since then?
Teams evolve as the season goes on, you learn more about yourselves, and obviously we are on the up so we have to keep going.
NICK DELEON - MIDFIELDER, D.C. UNITED
Very well taken goal Nick, can you take us through that moment?
To be honest I can't remember much, I remember coming forward and taking a peek up and putting it in the corner.
Tough first half, coach changed the tactics in the second half, how do you feel that worked out for your club
Toronto changed to a 4-4-2 and it really left the middle open for our midfield as we were playing with five in the middle. First half it was a little clogged and we couldn't get a rhythm going, second half was a better game and much more open with both teams getting chances, we were just fortunate enough to put two away.
How does this visit to Toronto compare to your teams last visit here? What has changed?
Well, a win first of all! The resilience of the team coming back from a draw 1-1, getting the second and holding on for a win. A couple big saves from Bill at the end and our mentality was a little different this time.