Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - A pair of Eastern Conference cellar dwellers
clash on Saturday as Toronto FC welcomes D.C. United to BMO Field.
Toronto FC has struggled mightily this season having won just four games to sit
in ninth place in the East with 23 points. The club is coming off a 2-1 defeat
against Sporting Kansas City last week.
Toronto FC fell behind just 18 minutes into the contest when C.J. Sapong got
loose in the TFC penalty area for a free header past goalkeeper Joe Bendik to
give the visitors the lead.
The home side pulled one back in the 38th minute through Darel Russell, but SKC
engineered a winning moment in the 53rd minute when Sapong once again got the
better of the TFC backline and headed in his second of the game via a cross
into the Toronto box from right back Chance Myers.
"It was always going to be a mistake game," Toronto head coach Ryan Nelsen
said. "It was a game where whoever makes the most mistakes was probably going
to lose the game. Unfortunately we gave away two really soft goals."
D.C. United, meanwhile, is coming off another defeat -- their 20th of the
season -- in a 2-1 setback against the New England Revolution last weekend.
United struck first in the 11th minute to claim its first away lead of the
campaign with some help from the Revolution defense.
Luis Silva created a yard of space on the right and curled a cross into the
penalty area. New England defender Stephen Caldwell lunged to clear, but he
poked the ball back past the onrushing Matt Reis to hand United their first
road advantage since Oct. 6, 2012.
But the home side responded with the equalizer 10 minutes into the second half
as Diego Fagundez made a clever run to latch onto Saer Sene's through ball. The
blossoming midfielder made no mistake to bring his side level and notch his
11th goal of the season.
New England then claimed the winner seven minutes from time as Lee Nguyen
dispatched a penalty kick to hand the home side a crucial three points.
"What do you want me to say? We had stretches (in the first half.) We had
chances. We were going up against too much today. Take that for what its
worth," said a frustrated D.C. United coach Ben Olsen.
"I thought, in the first half, we had a little bit of momentum, created some
opportunities, but in the second half they threw a lot of numbers at us,"
United midfielder Chris Pontius added. "When we did win the ball, we weren't
clean enough with it, coming out of it. Then you get heavy legs and make it
even harder on yourself. So we just weren't able to do the simple things in the
game to really pressure for ourselves."
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