Toronto FC 1-0 D.C. United: Better, but not good enough

D.C. United played better than they did against Columbus, but it wasn't anywhere good enough to beat Toronto FC.

For long stretches, D.C. United looked vastly improved from last week, being actually able to possess the ball and pass it around in the midfield. Luis Silva was improved on both ends of the field, playing defense and getting into a few combinations with the forwards. Off the field players, Perry Kitchen was probably the best, breaking up Toronto's play a number of times.

However, old problems resurfaced, with the team unable to get shots off and unable to get Eddie Johnson involved in the play. Silva especially had a number of opportunities to take a long shot, to get any shots on goal, and yet continued to try and dribble the ball into the net. Fabian Espindola tried to beat players a number of times, but only succeeded in turning himself in circles, and Eddie Johnson barely received any passes from his teammates. The team only got two shots on goal, and it was telling.

Toronto FC's goal came off of a long ball over the top, and D.C. United's center backs were just too slow to catch up to Gilberto. First, Bobby Boswell dropped back to keep Gilberto onside; the Brazilian then used his speed to split Boswell and Jeff Parke. After his first shot was blocked, Boswell cleared the ball directly into the path of Jermain Defoe, who wasted no time in putting the ball into the back of the net.

Bill Hamid was obviously the main of the match, with two great saves against Jermain Defoe and another against Dwayne De Rosario. Without Hamid, the game would have been closer to 3-0 or 4-0. For Toronto, it was Michael Bradley. Despite his dirty elbow into Davy Arnaud, which looked like it may have given Arnaud a concussion, he was the best player on the field this afternoon, and was everywhere in shutting down D.C. United's offense and starting Toronto FC's attacks. There will be more analysis of this game over the coming days, but what are your thoughts?

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