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Toronto FC Looks To Wrap Up Road Trip At DC United With A Win

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After a scoreless draw against the Philadelphia Union midweek, the Reds now move onto their second and final stint of the short road trip in DC United.

That’s where they’ll come up against familiar face on the opposite side of the posts – goalkeeper Alex Bono – who spent a total of eight seasons as a Red. He’s been the starting keeper for D United and will be going up his former team that he garnered up a total of 157 appearances, so nostalgia will be up in the air – but so will the Reds’ eagerness for victory on the road.

Toronto FC will be in search of a win at Audi Field to wrap things up ahead a two-week break. The hard-fought draw in Subaru Park definitely highlighted some positives for head coach John Herdman and the squad, as the draw displayed the club’s growth from the beginning of the season to Matchday 16 on a defensive standpoint after Herdman’s defensive line up held the home side from scoring.

Yet another major contributing factor for the score line for the Reds was none other then keeper Sean Johnson, who came up big up for TFC between the posts for the full 90 minutes. His performance marked the clubs sixth clean sheet this season and more impressively a personal milestone of hitting a tally of 100 clean sheets in the MLS the fourth keeper in Major League Soccer to do so.

DC United have a similar story as they currently sit in 10th place.

And their recent spotlight man and is seemingly leading the offensive charge for DC United is Belgian striker Christian Benteke, who has 13 goals thus far this MLS campaign. Yet, DC United will also be missing a couple of players as Matti Peltola received a red in their mid-week matchup wherein they lost 4-2 to CF Montreal, and Cristian Dajome finds himself missing out from playing due to accumulation of yellow cards. DC United also have a couple of players currently sidelined with injuries.

Toronto FC, on the other hand, are still without Lorenzo Insigne as he flew into Naples a couple of hours before Wednesday’s game to be with his wife and family for the birth of their third child. His status for today’s game is up in the air.

The Reds and head coach John Herdman will hopefully look to keep the form from Wednesday’s draw with some minor changes and and improvements to give them the edge at Audi Field to take all three points. The Reds will finally welcome back Richie Laryea, who has been sidelined for three months and is confirmed, though whether he will get minutes at Audi Park is unclear as he was called up for the CanMNT squad for the up coming friendlies.

Toronto FC will most certainly hope for a victory as it will help Toronto in the eastern conference standing and every time would like to have positive note before the two week stretch begins ahead of international break.

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