D.C. United hosts Toronto FC this Saturday at RFK. Both teams are struggling to find their rhythm as of late and sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Ahead of the battle at RFK, here are the VW Keys to the Match.
Ride the Momentum
After beating the Union 3-1 Wednesday night in the U.S. Open Cup, United should have confidence in its attack. The first two goals of captain Dwayne De Rosario’s hat trick came from beautiful team possession, movement off the ball and an attacking mindset in the final third. The Black-and-Red has to keep its foot on the gas and ride the momentum from Wednesday’s win.
Play Until the Final Whistle
Toronto FC has given up 9 of its 19 goals this season between the 76th and 90th minute. If United continues to take offensive chances, history tells us that the Toronto FC defense will cave under the pressure and allow some late goals.
Take Back RFK
D.C. United dealt with MLS stat-leaders with composure and determination Wednesday night. The DCU midfield and back line held MLS leading scorer Jack MacInerney to one goal and kept both Sebastien Le Toux and Brian Carroll relatively quiet the entire game. If the Black-and-Red defends as they did at the SoccerPlex, the squad will hold off Robert Earnshaw, Jonathon Osario and the Toronto FC attack in front of its home crowd and earn three points from the performance.