By the numbers: D.C. United at Toronto FC
Thanks to a stellar second-half, D.C. United were able to wash away the sour taste of a Wednesday defeat in San Jose with a 2-0 win at Toronto's BMO Field. Here are a few of the key statistics from the Black-and-Red's second road win in the last three weeks.
437 - 346
D.C.'s completed passes compared toToronto. In no other match thisseason have the Black-and-Red dominated this stat so convincingly. The 91-pass difference coupled withD.C.'s largest overall possession advantage of the season (54.4% to 45.6%)proved to be the difference in taking the hosts - and their fans - out ofthe match.
If there was one area of defensive concern onSaturday, it was Toronto's overwhelming number of open play crosses. D.C.'s defense did well to handle mostof them, but TFC's best chances came from wide service. The Black-and-Red only had 7 open playcrosses to their credit.
When this is a team's amount of shots on goal,it's usually a concern. Butagainst Toronto, D.C.'s efficiency in the final third was impressive. Sure they only put three shots ontarget through 90 minutes, but two of them went in. Often - especially when playing on the road - it's not howmany chances a team creates, but what they do with them.
The amount of incomplete or missed passes from Toronto's Julian DeGuzman. Compare this to just eightfor his counterpart Perry Kitchen, and the impact a holding midfielder can haveon his club's offensive output becomes clear. Consider this as well; seven of De Guzman's failed passeswere inside his own half. D.C.'shigh defensive pressure deserves much of the credit for that.