De Rosario haunts Toronto FC

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:28 AM ET

United posted Ryan Johnsonís now dubious pre-match words inside the DC dressing room ahead of last nightís commanding 3-1 win over Toronto FC in the U.S. capital.

Coming off a positive pair of midweek Canadian Cup showings ó a shutout win over the Montreal Impact and a solid draw in Vancouver on Wednesday ó the Black and Red apparently didnít think the Jamaican international gave them the respect they deserved.

ďIf we push forward and make (DC) cause mistakes, I think their back line will cause enough mistakes for us to capitalize on,Ē Johnson said leading up to the match. ďI think thatís one of the points we can emphasize.Ē

As if DC head coach Ben Olsen needed an excuse to fire up one of the surprise teams in the East this season, the home side controlled things from start to finish, scoring a goal inside the first minute of play from the likeliest of sources.

After giving away a cheap foul just after the opening whistle, former TFC captain Dwayne De Rosario broke free inside the area and finished off a Branko Boskovic restart just 56 seconds in ≠ó the second time this season the Reds have conceded an opener before the second minute.

On the way to allowing just a single TFC attempt on target through the opening half, contrary to Johnsonís previous scouting report, it was DCís defensive organization and patience that stymied a Toronto attack that thought it had found its legs.

The composure eventually led to TFCís embattled defence making a glaring error in the 43rd minute that saw De Rosario bag his brace just before halftime.

Following a series of DC passes at midfield, both Adrian Cann and starting right back Jeremy Hall were caught too far forward on a ball sent wide to Chris Korb. With TFCís defensive pair struggling to recover, De Rosario beat everyone to the back post for an easy finish past a stranded Milos Kocic to make it 2-0 before the half.

Despite second-half substitute Danny Koevermans cutting the lead off a Julian de Guzman set piece with 20 minutes remaining, the energy was short lived as the home side sealed it two minutes later through Hamdi Salihi off a feed from Andy Najar.

The Honduran international beat TFCís Doneil Henry off the dribble before cutting the ball back across goal where the Albanian poacher was waiting for the easy tap in.

It was the final stain on a night where Torontoís defence gave the Reds next to no chance to earn its first points on the season ó a result that puts it a loss away from becoming the second club in league history to lose 10 consecutive MLS matches.

Johnson had a chance to bring the Reds within a goal 10 minutes from time after latching on to a Nick Soolsma through-pass inside the box, but his attempt rolled just wide of the near post to keep things at 3-1.

The Reds host the Vancouver Whitecaps in the second leg of the Canadian Cup final Wednesday before having a chance to avoid matching the above league losing mark.

Toronto hosts the struggling Philadelphia Union at BMO Field next Saturday.


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