They grouped several important players, put themselves in a defensive position and were largely dominated by statistics and in the race for the game. But none of this prevented DC United from sweating a hard-earned hard point in Toronto FC Wednesday night.
Despite more than 70% possession of the ball, a total of over 700 passes and compelling Bill Hamid to make 12 saves, the TFC's attack failed to find the finishing touch and was disappointed by a 0-0 draw at BMO Field that leaves the Red only one out of nine points in their last three home games.
Playing in the second game of a restless week of three games in seven days, going from DC to Ontario and Houston, the visitors left Wayne Rooney, Luciano Acosta and Paul Arriola on the bench until the second half, with coach Ben Olsen 5-2 training become a regular Plan B for United recently.
And it worked, despite long periods of reactive play and nervous defense in their own penalty. Toronto, for one, once again seriously missed the skills of Jozy Altidore, who missed it due to a heel injury.
- THE GREAT IMAGE: This game was a throwback in some ways; DC has returned to the stubborn spirit of his old days "Bennyball", while TFC controlled the pace and tempo as they had done during their triple campaign 2017 … but without the tip of the forehead Altidore-Sebastian Giovinco, they left disappointed.
– Eliot McKinley (@etmckinley) May 16, 2019
- MOMENT OF THE GAME: Several of Hamid's best saves deserve this tag, but we'll move to Jordan Hamilton's close attack in the 33rd minute, which sums up the frustration of the evening.
- MAN OF THE GAME: With a dozen backups and an almost assured mastery of his goal, Bill Hamid provided the solid foundation that allowed his team to jump on his back and roll to a positive result on the outside.