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D.C. United look to break out of slump vs. Toronto

Field Level Media
19 Sep 2020, 11:19 GMT+10

D.C. United will try to break out of their scoring slump against tough competition when they host Toronto FC on Saturday night.

This is the second meeting between the two clubs this season. D.C. (2-5-4, 10 points) scored two goals after the 83rd minute to salvage a 2-2 draw with Toronto on July 13 during the MLS Is Back tournament.

Unfortunately for D.C. United, that draw represents the club's last multi-goal game. In eight matches since that meeting with Toronto, D.C. has scored only four goals and posted a 1-4-3 record.

D.C. United needs to "get a little bit more scary on offense," head coach Ben Olsen said after the team's 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls last Saturday.

"There was some positives out of this game. But, we also have to point out some of the negatives and get better and try to improve and finish off some plays," Olsen said.

Toronto FC (6-2-3, 21 points) will move into second place in the Eastern Conference with a draw or a win on Saturday. Toronto is coming off a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact on Sept. 9.

After six games against the Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps, Toronto heads across the border to face D.C. United and other U.S.-based competition during the next phase of the MLS schedule. Toronto FC will play their "home" games in Connecticut, though it isn't known if COVID-19 regulations will allow for any more games in Canada this season.

"The circumstances are tougher for our (Canadian) teams, for sure," Toronto head coach Greg Vanney said. "There's no such thing as a home game anymore....We're going to try to do what we've done all season, which is not to focus on those things but focus on what we can control, which is our preparation (and) our performance individually and collectively."

Defender Steven Birnbaum (bone bruise) and goalkeeper Bill Hamid (personal reasons) are questionable for Saturday after not playing in any of D.C. United's last four games, though Hamid was on the bench against New York.

--Field Level Media

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