June 12, 2018 / 9:17 PM / 9 months ago

Resurgent Toronto draws road-weary D.C. United

Coming off a big road victory, Toronto FC will look to keep the momentum going at home against D.C. United on Wednesday.

Toronto (4-7-2, 14 points) earned its first away win of the season last Friday, notching a 2-0 clean sheet over the Philadelphia Union. With seven points over its last four games, Toronto continues to slowly climb back into the playoff race after a rough start to its MLS Cup defense.

“The games have come fast and in a hurry over this first part of the season, but now we kind of feel we’re rounding into form a little bit,” defender Jason Hernandez said. “We’re getting some key players back and also just feeling like we’re a little more like ourselves.”

It isn’t surprising that Toronto’s improved results have coincided with more regulars returning from injury. With defenders Nick Hagglund and Nicolas Hasler now back in the mix, Toronto was able to field a lineup closer to its ideal shape as Michael Bradley played in his customary midfield spot.

The team’s bolstered defensive core will face a stern test in D.C. United striker Darren Mattocks, who is in good form with four goals in his last five matches.

Wednesday’s game was originally slated to take place on April 7, but the two clubs agreed to the postponement since Toronto’s schedule was crowded by extra games in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Ironically, the rescheduling has now led to a busy travel stretch for D.C. United (2-6-3, 9 points). The team played a U.S. Open Cup match in Maryland last Tuesday, then suffered a 2-1 loss in Seattle in league play on Saturday. Now, it has another away date in Toronto on less than four days’ rest.

“We’ll do what we can to get everybody’s legs recovered and refocus for another tough game on the road ... but it’s one we’ll be ready for,” D.C. head coach Ben Olsen said.

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