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Toronto FC 1-1 D.C. United: Reds held to draw on the road

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TFC couldn’t break down ten man D.C. United

MLS: Toronto FC at D.C. United Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC dominated possession, but could not find a breakthrough in a 1-1 draw against 10-man D.C. United today.

TFC came out of the gate rather flat footed, allowing D.C. United several quality chances through the first few minutes of the match. In the sixth minute, Kofi Opare’s head off of a United corner kick found the corner of the net to give D.C. 1-0 lead.

D.C. United were able to head into the half with the lead, but went down to ten men just before the whistle. Lloyd Sam recklessly slid into the back of Chris Mavinga and was shown a straight red card. No VAR needed here.

Toronto FC needed a little bit of luck to tie the game early in the second half. A ball through to Jozy Altidore took a number of deflections in the D.C. United box before being re-directed into the back of the net by Steve Birnbaum.

After the goal Toronto FC dominated possession and chances in the second half, but failed to turn it into three points. A resolute defensive effort from D.C. United continually frustrated the TFC attack.

With the draw Toronto failed to gain any substantial ground at the top of the MLS standings. Toronto’s next test will come at home against the Portland Timbers on August 12.