British international Jermain Defoe has been making huge waves ever since he signed with Toronto FC earlier this year. In his first match for the Canadian side, Defoe netted both goals in the 2-1victory over the Seattle Sounders giving the Reds their first week one match win since 2009. And this weekend Defoe helped Toronto write history against DC United.
With a shot between the legs of the Black-and-Red defender Sean Franklin in the 62nd minute of the game, Defoe put TFC in a 2-0-0 record in opening matches for the first time in franchise history.
The loss from United added up to a four games winning streak from Toronto against DCU. It also marks two consecutive shut outs from head coach Ben Olsen’ side.
Toronto FC (4-4-2): Julio Cesar, Caldwell, Henry, Morrow, Bloom, Bradley, Osorio, Jackson, Rey (Orr, 83′), Gilberto (De Rosario, 63′), Defoe.
DC United (4-3-1-2): Hamid; Parke, Fernandez (Doyle, 83′), Franklin, Boswell, Arnaud (Porter, 66′), DeLeon, Silva, Kitchen, Johnson, Espindola.
Yellow cards: Jackson (TFC) and Arnaud (DCU).
Olsen opted to repeat the 4-3-1-2 formation with the same players who started in week one versus Columbus Crew, and his men once again finished without finding the back of the net.
Toronto started with two dangerous plays by forward debutant Gilbero but both went off target. Upon the 20th minute, TFC defender Jackson Gonçalves stole possession in the midfield passing to Gilberto, who ran through the right wing and crossed it to Defoe, but United’s goalkeeper Bill Hamid stopped the striker.
Ten minutes later the home side had a lack of attention in the back, and DCU created their first dangerous attempt as Franklin gave a through ball to Eddie Johnson. But Julio Cesar punched it away before the Black-and-Red forward could fire on goal.
Close to the final whistle in the first half, Alvaro Rey, from the Reds, had an open shot opportunity after a through ball from Michael Bradley. But the Spanish international missed the target with a right-footed curved attempt.
After 45 minutes, Toronto had been the closest side to open the scoreboard, while Hamid stopped two clear goal chances from Defoe. Yet the American visitors weren’t too far behind, with good attempts from Luis Silva and Nick DeLeon. Designed player Johnson was too quiet for United.
(First half) Toronto FC vs DC
Possession 40.6% 59/4%
Shots (on target) 8 (3) 4 (2)
Fouls 7 7
Corners 1 4
A few minutes into the second part of the match tension started to heat up and one yellow card was awarded for each side. Jackson received for TFC, meanwhile Arnaud was booked for DCU.
Once the hour mark had passed, Defoe scored the solo goal of the game and his third in the season. Gilberto broke through the Black-and-Red defense but was stopped by Hamid. The ball went in to the direction of the British international, who fired between the legs of Franklin.
DeLeon tried to respond to the home side in the 69th minute with a push from the left wing and dribbling two Toronto defenders before crossing to the six-yard box, but Julio Cesar firmly punched it away.
Former DC United attacking midfielder, Dwayne De Rosario,
entered in the 63rd minute for TFC and found himself 10 minutes later open on the left wing firing a left-footed that was caught by Hamid.
During additional time, Defoe broke through in the middle all alone with plenty of time to aim and prepare his shot, yet he sent it way off the target in the last opportunity of the match.
(Full time) Toronto FC vs DC
Possesion 37.2% 62.8%
Shots (on target) 14 (6) 6 (2)
Fouls 13 20
Corners 2 4
Most effective player for DC United: Bill Hamid
Most effective player for Toronto FC: Jermain Defoe
Least effective player for DC United: Sean Franklin
Least effective player for Toronto FC: Mark Bloom
Next on for DC United:
The Black-and-Red will receive the Chicago Fire at RFK stadium next Saturday. The match is scheduled to appear on NBC Sports Network.