Toronto FC had a remarkable statistical advantage, but the hosts couldn’t capitalize on numerous scoring chances and were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw with D.C. United at BMO Field Wednesday night.
Toronto (5-4-2, 17 points) had a 35-3 advantage in shots, 13-2 in shots on target and enjoyed 71.3 percent of possession, but D.C. United (7-3-3, 24 points) bunkered down and walked away from the midweek tilt with a road point and moved back atop the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the idle Philadelphia Union.
“It’s as dominating performance as there has been, but we don’t have the goal to show for it,” Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney said. “The only frustration in that room right now is that we didn’t get the goal to show for it and the three points, but I think everyone is proud of the effort and the work.”
One of the Black-and-Red’s two shots on frame came in the opening 30 seconds with Zoltan Stieber, who started alongside Quincy Amarikwa as dual strikers in a 3-5-2 formation, forcing Quentin Westberg into a diving stop.
Jordan Hamilton, starting in place of an injured Jozy Altidore (heel), had his first quality chance in the 14th minute, latching onto a Alejandro Pozuelo service, but Bill Hamid made the point-blank save, one of his 12 on the game.
In the 33rd minute, Nick DeLeon nearly got what he wanted most against his former club, putting a downward header in front of goal. The attempt was blocked and Hamilton poked the rebound off the crossbar.
May 15, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; A general view of BMO Field before a n=match between D.C. United and Toronto FC. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
“I thought we played very, very well,” Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley said. “In terms of putting the game on our terms, being aggressive playing in their half, trying to win the ball back quickly, re-pressing and doing it over and over and over and over again for 90 minutes, I thought we were very, very good.”
Two minutes into the second half, Hamid lunged up to parry an Auro shot over the crossbar. Delgado then had a go from distance, but Hamid pushed it aside from the edge of the six-yard box in the 53rd minute.
Toronto FC will look to snap a three-match winless streak when they face Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday night, while D.C. United take a three-match unbeaten streak to BBVA Compass Stadium to meet the Houston Dynamo Saturday night.