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Toronto FC vs DC United
DC United can not be satisfied with their home MLS opener last week where they were easily defeated by a superior Columbus Crew team with 0-3 in front of their own crowd. Basically everything that could go wrong went wrong, but the main problem for DC United was that they rarely managed to find their difference makers with the ball and played too much through the air with long balls which were easily picked up by the Columbus defenders.
A lot has changed in the team who finished bottom last in the previous MLS campaign, and they have added some offensive pieces that should help the team score which was an issue last year. If the truth is to be told, this DC United team is still not playoff material after only two fairly good signings in Fabian Espindola from the New York Redbulls and Eddie Johnson, both being strikers. There are other areas to improve in the team and at the moment they are not quality enough. Considering how easily punished they were against Columbus Crew, another tough test is expected when they take on Toronto who has sharpened their roster more than anyone else in USA.
Unfortunately for DC United, left back Chris Korb (30/0 last year), forward Chris Pontius (22/2 last year) and young defensman Jalen Robinson (0/0) are all out for the clash with Toronto.
Toronto FC is the team that everyone talks about in USA right now, they have created heavy expectations themselves with massive deals such as bringing in Jermain Defoe from Tottenham, who had a brilliant MLS debut when he scored twice against Seattle Sounders in Toronto's victory on the road. Apart from the signing of Defoe, Toronto also captured the American defensive midfielder Michael Bradley from Roma, who is a great sweeper on the midfield and moreover very experienced and a hard working player. Defensively, they added Julio Cesar as their keeper which makes this Toronto side solid on both ends. Obviously, big name signings equals expectations - and if Toronto does not make the postseason this year, they never will.
There were a lot of positives to take from Toronto's first game in Seattle, although not dominating possession, they took their chances when they appeared. The supporters are dreaming of winning the entire thing this season which might be a massive thing to state so early on, but the home debut should let us know more about this newly created mega side in MLS. A full crowd will create an atmosphere Toronto has never seen before in terms of football, and Jermain Defoe get to introduce himself in front of his new supporters.
The players know they are heavily favored, another victory would put Toronto's name in the serious discussion of being title contenders while another result here would still have people doubt their ability as a club yet. DC United will be thrilled with a point here, but in order to get all three they will need to find their threats more often than in the first game which means finding Eddie Johnson and Fabian Espindola to their feet so they can challenge the Toronto defenders on several occasions. Expect Toronto to dictate from start to finish, but these type of games can play out to be difficult when the other team is sitting back waiting to strike on a counter - However, with the movement of Defoe and the defensive stability that Bradley offers, they should have no problem defeating DC United over 90 minutes.
Pick Toronto FC Odds 1.71