During United’s six-game out of seven on the road stretch, it’s been the defense that has let the side down and seen the Black and Red go from the top of the Eastern Conference to fourth place and possibly out of a playoff position depending on later results. Today however it was a slow, lethargic and ultimately predictable attack that gave little trouble to the homestanding Toronto FC as they rode a pair of goals on either side of halftime to a comfortable 2-0 win over the Black and Red.
United ended their road away from RFK without winning a single match, losing three and drawing three and giving up a mind-numbing 15 goals in the process. One would think the pressure is off but now United has a whole set of other problems including injured players and involvement in three seperate competitions that will leave United shorthanded and tired for the next month.
Dwayne De Rosario’s 30th minute header and O’Brian White’s first ever MLS goal in the 66th minute was all Toronto needed on a day where United offered very little in attack. Toronto was on a six-game winless streak going into the match but you never would have known it as United did well to possess the ball, but rarely did anything ever come from it. Toronto keeper Stephan Frei made a sharp angle free kick save on Marc Burch midway through the second half and was beated by a Santino Quaranta left-footed blast in stoppage time only to see Amado Guevara of all people heading off the goal line.
United will now fly down to Honduras to take on Marathon in the first match of the group phase of the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday evening. Seeing as United’s league play is taking a turn for the worse, this competition couldn’t come at a worse time for United. United’s next league match is next Saturday at RFK against the red-hot Los Angeles Galaxy.
– Ben Olsen was serving a yellow card suspension today. Danny Szetela was left back in Washington to rest ahead of the match in Honduras.
– Julius James made his debut late in the second half for United. David Haburagira was also signed on Friday but was not available today. Ange N’Silu was placed on the disabled list to make room for both of United’s signings. A roster move will have to be made when N’Silu comes off the six-game wait. Another roster move will also have to be made when Harrisburg midfielder Ty Shipalane joins United after the USL-2 playoffs are completed later this month.
– Bryan Namoff will not make the trip to Honduras in an effort to rest and rotate players ahead of a greuling stretch of games