High-scoring D.C. to test TFC

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

Nothing is sure to test Toronto FC's renewed commitment to defence than today's game against D.C. United at BMO Field.

The Washington team leads Major League Soccer in goals with 34 in 20 games, has scored more against TFC than any other club in its three-year existence (out-gunning it 20-9) while compiling a record of 5-1-1.

"We always have tough games against them," conceded Toronto captain and defender Jim Brennan.

"It's a must-win, the start of our final (10-game) push. We've been working hard on formation and the technical side all week."

Toronto has given up 31 goals in 20 games, not quite the worst mark in the league, but 11 of those goals came from the 76th minute onwards, which is an MLS high.

One factor in TFC's favour is that D.C. has just one road win this season.

Sitting a point behind third-place D.C. in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 7-7-6, TFC is running out of home games, with just three remaining after today.

The starting 11 will be playing with the threat of further changes hanging over them, underlined by the release of defender Marco Velez earlier this week and the arrival of Hatian national Lesly Fellinga.

TFC coach Chris Cummins also hints that young players who have impressed of late will get their chance and that one more roster move could be made before the transfer window closes today. Defenders Marvell Wynne (hamstring) and Nick Garcia (calf) are doubtful today, while midfielder Amado Guevara is back from national team duty with Honduras.

LANCE.HORNBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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