Monday, May 26, 2008

I guess it was too good to last

Toronto FC's six-game unbeaten streak is at an end, with their 3-2 loss to DC United on Saturday. TFC had beaten DC 1-0 at home on Wednesday -- Danny Dichio pounced on a sloppy back-pass and just managed to get the ball over the line to give Toronto an early lead, and they held on for the win -- but they couldn't replicate that in the rematch at RFK Stadium.

Toronto took an early lead again in Washington, as Dichio headed home a cross from Jim Brennan, but DC pressured them throughout the first half and Gonzalo Peralta equalized a few minutes before halftime after a scramble from a corner. TFC, surprisingly, took the lead again just before the break with another goal from Dichio, beating the goalkeeper with a low, hard shot into the corner. But there was still more DC pressure in the second half, backs-to-the-wall defending from Toronto, and Jaime Moreno finally tied things up again with a penalty kick in the 70th minute. DC then took the lead a few minutes later, Luciano Emilio pouncing on the rebound when Greg Sutton couldn't hold on to Santino Quaranta's shot. Toronto attempted to fight back but to no avail, and they just got increasingly frustrated -- especially Laurent Robert, who was sent off late in the game for a second yellow card.

So Toronto still haven't managed to win at RFK, while DC have picked up their first win of the season with this come-from-behind win. Still, it's a better result for Toronto than their previous 4-1 thumping in Washington. Their next league game is this Saturday, when the LA Galaxy -- who, incidentally, have an identical record to Toronto right now -- come to town.

Before that, though, Toronto play their first game of the Canadian qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF Champions League, travelling to Montreal to face the Impact. It's apparently being shown on CBC Bold, but I don't even know what that is; you can also watch online on the CBC website. Toronto will play the Vancouver Whitecaps at home on July 1 and away on July 9, wrapping up with a home game versus Montreal on July 22. Incidentally, if you're one of those people who's been trying and failing to get tickets for a TFC game, you can buy a two-game package for the games in Toronto.

Toronto have also announced their opponents for the two international friendlies this summer: They play Mexican team Pachuca on July 5, and Independiente of Argentina on July 15. Tickets for these two games are supposed to go on sale to the public beginning June 4, but I'd say they're going to be much harder to get because -- unlike the CONCACAF qualifiers -- they're also included in the season ticket package.

And finally: Maurice Edu has been called up to the US national team for their friendly against England at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, so he'll miss the Montreal match, but he should be back to face LA on Saturday.

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