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D.C. United fends off Toronto FC for 0-0 Draw

The Black and Red start strong, but finish the game defending more often than not while settling for a draw with their Ontario counterparts.

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In a match between the two highest ranked teams in the Eastern Conference on points per game, in a game full of rain and wind during the entire 90 minutes, D.C. United and Toronto FC played a compelling game that had moments where either team could have scored first. Ultimately, TFC threw their scoring threats at the Black and Red who bent, but did not break as the two teams shared a 0-0 draw at BMO Field.

The first half proved to be entertaining yet one that Toronto got a few more looks, with, 8 shots compared to D.C.'s 3, though D.C. had more shots on goal in the half. One in the 33rd minute from Chris Rolfe to Luis Silva forced Chris Konopka into a save, with a resulting Fabian Espindola corner kick finding Nick DeLeon, who headed wide of goal.

Toronto had their own chances, be it Jozy Altidore headers, but most of the moments came from Giovinco, creating chances or setting up some of his own. Shrugging off a 21st minute foul from Bobby Boswell that may result in a review from the MLS Disciplinary Committee, he later found Jonathan Osorio for a chance in the 39th minute in a shot that went just past Bill Hamid's left.

The second half found Toronto with most of the possession and all of the chances. D.C. defended well though, with only two goals on goal (out of a second eight shots on target). D.C. - seemingly content for a road on the point - had no shots on goal for almost all of the second half, save for a Jairo Arrieta stoppage-time volley that Konopka had to tip over the bar. Giovinco was dangerous for most of the second half but couldn't beat Hamid, who picked up his 6th shutout on the year (pulling him into fourth on that list alongside Clint Irwin and Nick Rimando).

D.C. (10-5-5) play a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match with the Philadelphia Union Tuesday before going to play the Seattle Sounders Friday. Toronto (7-6-2) plays the Los Angeles Galaxy next Saturday.