D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen called the match against Toronto FC "very ugly." But he like the rest of the players and coaches were happy to leave Canada with three points and sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference. Here are few key statistics from the match.
Head Coach Ben Olsen opted for a five-man midfield and the result was improved passing accuracy and possession. The Black-and-Red attempted 335 passes and completed 73% during the match.
The addition of a second defensive midfielder in Marcelo Saragosa helped United clog the midfield and win back possession. United won 61 duels, compared to only 42 by TFC.
United goalkeepr Bill Hamid recorded his third clean sheet in four matches. The young 'keeper has 8 shutouts on the season, a personal best.