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D.C. United 0-0 Toronto FC: Player Ratings

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The Black and Red goes under the subjective scope.

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After a midweek game where D.C. United played a weaker squad and got the result, they brought a stronger squad to play Toronto FC (who had played their Designated Players midweek) in the wind and rain of Ontario. The first half was a lot more fun than the second though ultimately, the good guys came away with a point in a scoreless draw. So how about we rate their performances, shall we?

Bill Hamid - 7.5

For everything going on around Bill, he didn't have a lot to do a lot of work, with the Jonathan Osorio first half shot and the Giovinco second half one being ones that could have been the most problematic. Got his sixth shutout, and his 0.75 goals against leads the league (sorry Tim Melia). Sure Jurgen, keep giving William Yarbrough looks.

Taylor Kemp - 6

Defensively found himself getting picked on as he's wont to these days, but held his own, even tied for the team lead in interceptions. However, his passing was very much disappointing and an off night for him, not very dangerous at all.


Steve Birnbaum - 8

Played as a right back on Wednesday against Harrison Shipp and played great, only had the task of dealing with Giovinco. Message sent early on with a tackle on the Italian, had one of the shots on goal, shared the lead with Kemp on interceptions, also led in blocked shots too. Had a lot to do, did it well, in what is hopefully a return to the 2014 Birdbomb we came to love.


Bobby Boswell - 7.5

Another night where he was a rock, though might get a call from the Disciplinary Committee for leaving some cleats on Giovinco early in the game. Granted a bit of a tone-setter, but take that away and it was another excellent night.

Chris Korb - 7

Hey guys, remember the time when Chris Korb got a yellow card for fouling a guy four inches taller and twenty pounds heavier than him? Good times. But seriously though, Giovinco decided to stay left after Korb and Boswell showed him the business, and even led the team in passing accuracy on the night. Wait what?

Chris Rolfe - 6

Decent defensively on the night, offensively did not do that much, but did get a ball in for a scoring chance for a guy we'll talk about in a bit. Became a bit more effective once he moved up top as well. In a bit of a groove for form at the moment.

Perry Kitchen - 6.5

Had the honor of dealing with the middle and Michael Bradley and was fun to watch, though Bradley seemed to get the better of things the later in the game. Second to Korb in passing accuracy, had some nice balls in the attacking half, including one to someone we'll mention in a second, and also got the good behavior incentive, thus resetting his yellow card accumulation.

Davy Arnaud - 6

Helped out more in the back, passing was fine, did some fouling (got a yellow for his efforts) and got some fouls. Pretty much run of the mill for Davy.

Nick DeLeon - 7

Combo play on the right side of the field was downright sexy, though crosses were a little disappointing. Had the ball on his head from a corner that could have been the goal though went wide. Attacking player with the most clearances so he did his work defensively. Might have been his best game yet.

Luis Silva - 6

Nifty shot from a Rolfe pass, passing on his own was okay, led the team in...fouls committed? What type of world is this? Seemed to play more of a second striker role on the day and played well, perhaps his best extended period since returning from injury. Encouraging, to say the least.

Fabian Espindola - 6

Started with Silva for the first time this year and the two played well, and when Rolfe came into Silva's position when the latter was subbed, there were still moments of danger before D.C. packed things in. Combined with Korb and DeLeon nicely for numerous moments and spots to attack in the first half. Good work.

Miguel Aguilar (Sub) - 5

Came on for Silva in the 58th and had a moment or two of spritely feistiness, took a couple of corner kicks also, also played defensive things nicely, took a yellow for fouling Giovinco because when Indiana Jones saw the swordbucker in Raiders, he was too tired and just shot him, you know?

Facundo Coria (Sub) - 4.5

Came on for Rolfe in the 72nd and didn't do that much offensively, took a foul on Justin Morrow that earned a yellow, and generally looked off for most of the night.

Jairo Arrieta (Sub) - 5.5

Came on for Espindola in stoppage, damn near stole the game with his half bicycle kick in the waning moments of the game. Played a role you would expect him to be dangerous in just fine.

Man of the Match

Birnbaum. Guy marked last year's "Rookie of the Year" (while out of position) and this year's early MVP candidate and neither got points on the board. Respect.