Eleven seasons into their MLS history, Toronto FC have recorded their 100th regular season victory. The club’s 2-0 win over DC United at BMO Field also kept the team in first place in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto FC dominated the first half in terms of possession, but a plucky DC United side were able to keep them from turning it into dangerous chances. As they held off Toronto, the visitors seemed to grow in confidence.
It took TFC an hour to find a breakthrough, with their designated players making the difference. A brilliant through ball from Sebastian Giovinco found its way to Jozy Altidore, who slotted home with the outside of his foot. It was Altidore’s seventh goal of the season.
In the 85th minute Toronto FC put the match to bed. Jordan Hamilton flicked home an inch-perfect header from a Giovinco corner to make it 2-0. For Hamilton, it was his second goal in just his fourth appearance of the season, all off the bench.
1. Seba and Jozy are back: For the first time since May 4, Toronto FC was able to start their two superstar strikers up top. The pair didn’t click perfectly, in fact there was plenty of frustration for both of them at certain points during the match. They missed chances that usually would be bread and butter for them.
However, at the hour mark they were finally able to click. In fact, all three designated players did. Michael Bradley played a ball out wide to Giovinco who placed it perfectly over the top into the path of Altidore. The American striker made no mistake.
2. Patience pays off: Toronto FC started the game like they were shot out of a cannon, pinning DC United back in their own half. However, they struggled to create chances due to a stingy DC United backline. TFC started rushing opportunities as a result.
However, after a second half refresh, Toronto were able to find an opening, and leave BMO Field with an important three points. If the club had lost its patience this game could have ended very differently, especially with DC United looking dangerous on the counter-attack.
3. Bradley a man in form: Toronto FC fans have come to love Bradley because he is one of the most consistent players on the team. However, after an incredibly successful international break with the US Men’s National Team, Bradley was even better than usual today. Whether it was breaking up chances or creating them, he was all over the place.
Unfortunately, Bradley also picked up a yellow card during the match, as did all three Toronto FC designated players. That card means that he will miss next Friday’s match against the New England Revolution due to a card accumulation suspension. If there is one negative from this game for Toronto FC it is that.