Defoe, Toronto Defeat DC United

Created on Mar. 23, 2014 4:26 PM EST

Toronto FC were looking to build on their 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders by facing a DC United squad who were looking to rebound from a dismantling by the Columbus Crew. United put up a great effort in the first half, keeping the match scoreless. It was only a matter of time before Jermain Defoe broke out again.

The Englishman scored his third goal Saturday tying him with Erick Torres of Chivas USA and Will Bruin of Houston Dynamo for most goals this season. Despite less than ideal conditions Toronto managed to send DC United home winless thus far. Defoe and Gilberto emerged as one of the most dynamic striker duos in the league.

“I thought they were both really sharp,” Toronto midfielder Micheal Bradley told the media. “They both worked their movement was really good. I thought as far as playing off of each other they did a really good job. You only have to look at the goal to see. Gilberto makes a great little run and is in on goal and Jermain is right there with him and when the keeper makes the save and Jermain's right there. I think those two are going continue to get better and better.”

Toronto head coach Ryan Nelson talked about the win as a whole.

“I thought our performance was really good. It’s been a little bit of an awkward game for us, when you know the expectations would be high and we knew the crowd would be out, we knew the field and we knew the conditions and it was going to be game where who made the mistake and who took the chance. It was always just going to be that. We had three really good chances in the first half to score and obviously controlled the game, but it just never came for us. Battling against that wind, I think that first half performance, even though it wasn’t pretty on the eye, it set up for us to win that game.”

DC United defender Bobby Boswell looked on the brighter side of the loss.

“I think there were a lot of positives to take away, unfortunately we aren’t judged on our positives we are judged on results. We lost to another conference opponent but we can be proud of the way the guys played for the most part, I thought we were all over them for a while. I think once we score one they are going to come in bunches. I thought Bill played a hell of a game, but unfortunately they pay that guy a lot of money to poach and he poached and got himself a goal so it was not meant to be tonight.”

Toronto faces a grueling gauntlet traveling to Real Salt Lake followed by flying to Columbus to face an undefeated Crew squad. These two matches will test an on fire Toronto squad against other tough competition. DC United stays home to face the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution. Both of these matches are winnable and could be what United needs to get their season back on track.

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