D.C. United looks to finish 2-game homestand strong vs Toronto FC
One year and a day after Wayne Rooney arrived to Washington, D.C., United will take the pitch at Audi Field for another critical Eastern Conference match against Toronto United FC.
Sitting at an 8-6-4 record, the Black and Red are tied with second-place Montreal at 30 points, three of which are vital this Saturday night.
Toronto FC sits at seventh with a 6-4-7 mark, but this is an opponent they cannot take lightly. Toronto is coming off a huge win in their last MLS match against the defending MLS Cup Champion, Atlanta United FC. Toronto overcame a 2-1 deficit, and Alejandro Pozuelo added the game-winner in stoppage time to complete the 3-2 comeback.
Speaking of Rooney, which we do not mention constantly for nothing, he was the difference the other night in D.C. United’s 1-0 victory over Orlando City SC. His one-time, no-dribble blast from way downtown, beyond midfield to be exact, was the difference in D.C. United’s 1-0 win.
“It’s something that I’ve practiced so many times,” Rooney told the media after Wednesday’s match. “Different managers and teammates are like why are you practicing this, you won’t score from this point, but for nights like tonight that’s why I do practice it. It was a good strike and an important goal for us.”
But it was not all Rooney, either. Bill Hamid was unstoppable in the net and pitched another shutout to tie the MLS for most in the league. Hamid also leads all MLS goalies with 71 saves.
Paul Arriola and Junior Moreno will still be absent due to international soccer duty with the USMNT and Venezuela.
If you are not coming to the game tonight, you can catch the match at 8:00 p.m. ET on FloFC.
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