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FT: D.C. United 1-0 Toronto FC — Reds fall to Rooney free kick

The Reds look to play spoiler in DCU’s new digs.

MLS: D.C. United at Toronto FC Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

HT — The Reds take a 1-0 deficit into the tunnel.

18’ D.C. United 1-0 Toronto FC — Wayne Rooney does it again, giving DCU an early lead with a superb goal.

11’ — Nick Hagglund comes very close to giving D.C. flashbacks with a header off a corner.

Last time Toronto FC saw D.C. United, it was for a heart-stopping match in which the Reds came from behind twice — once from a 3-0 deficit — to draw 4-4 at BMO Field. It was a hell of a game, but perhaps not a great result against a D.C. side that was, at the time, entrenched in the basement of MLS.

Since then, the side in black and red has been on an intense upward trajectory, now very close to grabbing a playoff spot from under the nose of the Montreal Impact. Since Wayne Rooney came to town, pretty much all they’ve done is win.

TFC will be fairly shorthanded tonight, having several players out with injury, another out with suspension (Gregory van der Wiel), and still more just coming off the back of international appearances. Having been eliminated from the playoffs, all that’s left for TFC to do now is try to play spoiler, and give minutes to some deserving young players.

Will you be watching tonight? Or will you be more invested in the final of the Concacaf Women’s Championship?

Happy Wednesday, by the way...

Team news: injuries & suspensions

Toronto FC: Victor Vazquez (knee) is confirmed to be out, and Drew Moor’s situation is unclear. Gregory van der Wiel is suspended for his red card last time out against Vancouver.

As for international players, Sebastian Giovinco may be good to go, having returned from Italy earlier without playing. Marky Delgado probably won’t feature, since he played 90 minutes last night, but Michael Bradley only played 12 so he could be involved. Some of the Canadians are known to be down in D.C., and it looks like Ashtone Morgan, Jay Chapman, and Tosaint Ricketts could be involved (since none played yesterday), but Jonathan Osorio played 90 against Dominica.

D.C. United: Defenders Taylor Kemp, Chris Odoi Atsem, Vytas, and Oniel Fisher and goalkeeper David Ousted, are all out with long-term concerns. Kofi Opare is apparently questionable with a hip injury.

How to watch

Match date/time: Wednesday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.
TV channel: TSN 2 (Canada), NewsChannel 8 (D.C.)
Live stream: TSN GO, ESPN+, DIRECTV
Radio: TSN 1050 (Toronto)