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Toronto FC
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D.C. United
DC
Saturday, March 22, 20144:30 PM
BMO FieldMLS Regular SeasonCloudyTSN,Univision Dep.,MLS LIVEAttendance: 22591

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 60'TORJermain Defoe 
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 55'DC Davy ArnaudFoul
 50'TOR JacksonUnsporting behaviour
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 83'TOR
Bradley Orr (D)
Álvaro Rey (M)
 82'DC
Conor Doyle (F)
Cristian (D)
 66'DC
Kyle Porter (M)
Davy Arnaud (M)
 63'TOR
Dwayne De Rosario (M)
Gilberto (F)

Starting Formations

30Julio César28Bloom13Caldwell15Henry2Morrow11Jackson21Osorio4Bradley23Rey9Gilberto18DefoeM16143212517828Hamid5Franklin32Boswell2Parke3Cristian23Kitchen14DeLeon8Arnaud11Silva9Espindola7JohnsonM4255030193327RAA4

Lineups

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Toronto FC
30GJulio César
28DMark Bloom
13DSteven Caldwell
15DDoneil Henry
2DJustin Morrow
11MJackson
21MJonathan Osorio
4MMichael Bradley
23MÁlvaro Rey
9FGilberto
18FJermain Defoe
D.C. United
28GBill Hamid
5DSean Franklin
32DBobby Boswell
2DJeff Parke
3DCristian
23MPerry Kitchen
14MNick DeLeon
8MDavy Arnaud
11MLuis Silva
9FFabian Espindola
7FEddie Johnson
Bench
16Bradley Orr
14Dwayne De Rosario
32Andrew Wiedeman
12Joe Bendik
5Ashtone Morgan
17Nick Hagglund
8Kyle Bekker
 
4Nana Attakora
25Jared Jeffrey
50Andrew Dykstra
30Conor Doyle
19Kyle Porter
33Taylor Kemp
27Collin Martin
Managers
  Ryan Nelsen
 
  Ben Olsen
OFFICIALS

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RefereeSilviu Petrescu  
Assistant RefereeJoe Fletcher  
Assistant RefereeGianni Facchini  
Fourth OfficialJose Carlos Rivero  
Saturday, March 22, 2014
4:30 PM
BMO Field
TSN,Univision Dep.,MLS LIVE

TORONTO – Jermain Defoe couldn’t have kicked off his MLS career with a brighter start.

For the second straight week, Toronto FC’s new English forward scored the game-winning goal after he slotted home a rebounded effort by Gilberto on the hour mark, giving Toronto FC a 1-0 win over D.C. United.

It was a game that largely mimicked Toronto’s win last week, with the opposing side – in this case, D.C. United – controlling most of the ball and moving well around the pitch, but with Defoe’s goal the only differentiating factor between the two teams. It was a match that also provided a few moments of comedy, Michael Bradley bundling the referee over in the first half and a pitch invader interrupting play after the 90th minute.

The goal came after Bradley slipped a weighted pass to Gilberto, who took a shot at Bill Hamid. The D.C. keeper made a big save but the ball rebounded to the foot of Defoe, who slotted home, giving Toronto FC a 1-0 lead.

The first chance of the match occurred after Gilberto picked up the ball in midfield and made a 30-yard run, splitting the D.C. central defenders with pace. Rather than pulling the trigger, he slipped the ball to Defoe on the left. Defoe tried replicating his goals from last week’s game against Seattle with a curling finesse shot but Hamid made the save, one of many in that half.

Defoe had another chance to score late in the first half, picking up a low cross from Gilberto, but his shot hit the post and bounced out for a goal kick.

D.C. won a pair of corner kicks after the half-hour mark but they were cleared away by Toronto’s backline. The final minutes of the half presented Toronto FC with a pair of chances but the two teams went into the locker rooms level at 0-0.

Davy Arnaud and Bradley got into a rough head-to-head collision bringing the match to a stall about 20 minutes into the second half. Bradley was bandaged up and continued the game but Arnaud was subbed off for Kyle Porter.

D.C. controlled much of the play in the final 15 minutes of the game, with Toronto FC trying to hit back on the counter attack. Penning Toronto into their own half, D.C. attempted to find an equalizing effort but both Eddie Johnson and Fabian Espindola proved their efforts fruitless.

It’s the first time that Toronto FC has opened its season with a pair of wins. D.C. United play host to the Chicago Fire March 29 at RFK Stadium. Meanwhile, Toronto FC hits the road once more, taking on Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto, also on March 29.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Jermain Defoe The Englishman was a relentless threat to the D.C. backline. If not for some stellar goalkeeping, he could have had two more goals.
2 Bill Hamid A force as the backstop for the D.C. defense. The 'keeper made at least three huge stops to keep the road side in it until the end.
3 Michael Bradley Great two-way performance by the US international midfielder.