TORONTO – D.C. United took advantage of a mistake by Toronto FC goalkeeper Milos Kocic in the 88th minute to take a 1-0 victory on a goal by Hamdi Salihi before an announced crowd of 15,281 at BMO Field.
D.C. United’s third victory over Toronto this season helped them solidify their playoff position with a 16-10-6 record. Toronto FC (5-20-7) have not won since July 18 and are winless in their past league 12 games, nine of them losses.
Kocic mishandled a ball from former TFC forward Maicon Santos leaving an easy opening for Salihi. It was the 16th goal Toronto have allowed in the final 15 minutes of a league game this season.
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D.C. United entered the game in a playoff position and are undefeated in their past five games with four wins with Saturday’s result.
Toronto’s last win in the league was a 2-1 verdict over the Colorado Rapids.
The teams went into the interval without a goal although D.C. United thought they might have been awarded a penalty kick in the final minutes of the first half.
Luis Silva, who was paired with Quincy Amarikwa up top to open the game, had the first chance real chance of the game in the ninth minute as he slid into a cross from Reggie Lambe to the edge of the six-yard box. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid was there.
D.C. United squandered a chance in the 30th minute when a ball bounced away from defender Darren O’Dea. It fell to Lionard Pajoy who put the ball over the goal.
Amarikwa, who picked up a hamstring injury in last Saturday’s loss to the New York Red Bulls although he stayed in the game, was helped off the field in the 33rd minute and was replaced by Andrew Wiedeman.
D.C. United had another chance in the 44th minute as Kocic and defender Richard Eckersley took turns making blocks.
Soon after, D.C. United’s Chris Pontius was looking for a penalty kick but no call was made.
Ryan Johnson had a chance after a nice buildup for Toronto FC in the 61st minute as Jeremy Hall worked the ball up and into the middle of the pitch before passing to Wiedeman who set up Johnson but Hamid made the save.
Three minutes later Hall had a chance from seven-yards out but whiffed on his shot.
Johnson picked up a yellow card in the 66th minute and will miss Toronto’s next game.
Chris Pontius put the ball over the bar in the 68th.
At the other end soon after, Wiedeman had a chance blocked.
Both teams are off until October 20 when Toronto plays at home against Montreal Impact and D.C. United are home to the Columbus Crew.
88' D.C. – Hamdi Salihi
66' Toronto – Ryan Johnson (caution)
75' D.C. – Marcelo Saragosa (caution)
90+2' D.C. – Hamdi Salihi (caution)
Toronto – Milos Kocic; Jeremy Hall, Richard Eckersley, Darren O’Dea, Logan Emory; Reggie Lambe, Terry Dunfield, Aaron Maund, Ryan Johnson; Quincy Amarikwa (Quincy Amarikwa 33’), Luis Silva (Eric Avila 86’)
Substitutes not used: Freddy Hall, Doneil Henry, Adrian Cann, Dicoy Williams
D.C. United – Bill Hamid; Dejan Jakovic, Brandon McDonald, Chris Korb, Marcelo Saragosa (Maicon Santos 77’) Andy Najar, Nick De Leon, Perry Kitchen, Lewis Neal (Branko Boskovic 55’), Chris Pontius, Lionard Pajoy (Hamdi Salihi 64’)
Substitutes not used: Joe Willis, Robbie Russell, Mike Chabala, Ethan White