There was no late winner for TFC this time out against D.C. United. The Reds were stymied time and time again by resolute defending and a few good saves from Bill Hamid. As the game wore on the Reds looked a bit resigned to the draw, with few ideas going forward.
The first half was wide open, with both teams playing well in transition. Chances were few and far between for D.C in the first half. Former TFC man Luis Silva had a long, windblown drive that Chris Konopka parried away while TFC's first half chances largely came from Sebastian Giovinco's interplay with Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley, including a shot early on that Hamid turned away.
The weather seemed to make both teams reluctant to really put the pedal down, and the second half really slowed down until the closing minutes when TFC hemmed United in looking for a late winner. Extra time brought a final D.C United attack, and a Jairo Arrieta Bicycle kick that Konopka punched over the bar.
The game as a whole didn't hold a candle to Wednesday's performance against Montreal, but it is an important point nonetheless. D.C's defensive 6 collapsed onto Sebastian Giovinco whenever he got the ball, but to his credit he kept his cool after being fouled - a marked improvement from the NYCFC game. D.C's attack never really threatened TFC, who did well dealing with Fabian Espindola.
The game had plenty of positives, especially from a TFC perspective. Marky Delgado looks like he'll provide valuable cover in midfield while Osorio and Bradley are away for the Gold Cup, while Collen Warner continues to impress at the base of the diamond, providing solid defensive cover and good possession play for the Reds.
The central pairing of Damien Perquis and Eriq Zavaleta looks as solid a tandem as TFC have had since the Attakora-Cann Canadian Supergroup. Perquis in particular had a fantastic game, passing well out of the back and winning everything in the air. Morgan had a few shaky moments in both defense and attack - possibly a lack of sharpness after missing Wednesday's game with the flu.
The point puts TFC into 3rd in the East ahead of a tough stretch of games in July. Bradley, Altidore, Osorio, and Morgan could all miss all 4 games, 3 of which are against conference rivals.