Toronto FC dis­ap­pointed with draw against D.C. United

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Kofi Opare scored his first goal of the sea­son as D.C. United played Ma­jor League Soc­cer-lead­ing Toronto FC to a 1-1 draw on Sat­ur­day night.

D.C. United (5-14-4) man­aged just four shots — one on tar­get — and its own goal tied the match in the 52nd minute. United, which snapped a six-game los­ing streak, is win­less since beat­ing At­lanta, 2-1, on June 21.

“Frus­trat­ing re­sult and we’re at the point where it doesn’t mat­ter whether it’s home or away — we feel like these are games that we should win, so there’s frus­tra­tion for sure,” said Toronto FC mid­fielder Michael Bradley.

Opare made it 1-0 in the sixth minute, head­ing home a cor­ner kick by Lloyd Sam for D.C. United’s first goal off a cor­ner this sea­son. It was Opare’s third ca­reer MLS goal and first since May 13, 2015.

Toronto tied it af­ter Vic­tor Vazquez played a long, arc­ing pass to Jozy Alti­dore in the area. His cross through a crowded box was de­flected, and United’s Jared Jef­frey’s at­tempted clear­ance bounced off team­mate Steve Birn­baum into the goal.

“We should win the game. It’s a game we should win — there’s no two ways about it,” said Bradley. “We put our­selves be­hind the eight ball right away, just be­cause we had a re­ally poor start.”

Toronto (12-3-8) is un­beaten in its last five.


TFC’s Ni­co­las Hasler, left, shoots the ball past D.C. United’s Tay­lor Kemp on Sat­ur­day. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.

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