- San Antonio mayor to Obama: Give amnesty to illegals with legal families
- NYPD disbands unit that spied on Muslims to go after ‘real bad guys’
- Donald Rumsfeld has ‘no idea’ if he paid taxes correctly
- Bradley Manning named honorary grand marshal of San Francisco Pride parade
- Look out PayPal: Facebook working toward mobile payments system
- U.S. rebukes Iran’s U.N. envoy pick over 1979 embassy attack
- Stoned mom avoids jail after driving 12 miles with baby on roof
- More than 100 ‘inappropriate’ encounters between NYC school staffers, students since 2009: report
- Joe Biden to Boston bombing survivors: ‘America will never, ever stand down’
- FBI failed to throughly vet Boston bombing suspect after Russian lead, report finds
De Rosario, Salihi stay hot, lead United over Toronto FC 3-1
Despite their prolific resumes, Dwayne De Rosario and Hamdi Salihi experienced some notable struggles finding the back of the net in this season’s early stages. But in recent weeks, they sure have made up for lost time.
De Rosario scored twice and Salihi added the clincher in D.C. United’s 3-1 win over Toronto FC on Saturday, a triumph that moved the home side to 7-4-3. While De Rosario, the reigning league Most Valuable Player, went scoreless in eight games to start the season, he has notched five tallies in six matches since. And Salihi, a prized offseason acquisition, has seen his first four MLS goals come in the past five games.
“At the start of the season, the main thing was we were winning,” De Rosario said. “Whether I’m scoring or not is not really a big, major concern. I like scoring — that’s what I do. But I go to win. If it takes me scoring and stepping up and taking the chance, I’ll take it.”
The win was the second in a row for United, who have won back-to-back contests twice in the past month after going nearly three years without a winning streak.
“Every game, we play better and better,” Salihi said. “I hope we stay this way, and from two games now we try to put three games together. And like this, we can show we are a team playing for the playoffs.”
Toronto, on the other hand, dropped to a 0-9-0 with the loss, moving one defeat away from matching Real Salt Lake’s record 10-game losing streak in 2005.
United coach Ben Olsen rolled the dice with his lineup, starting just six players at the same positions they played in a 2-0 win over Colorado on Wednesday. His tactics were even more unusual once the match got under way, as D.C. relied on a heavy interchange of positions, turning the squad’s typical 4-4-2 formation into an alignment more akin to the 4-3-3 that Toronto plays.
“I thought early in the game,” Olsen said, “the 4-4-2 wasn’t flying.”
Added De Rosario: “We have the players that can adjust and adapt. We have guys who can play numerous positions on the fly, and you saw that tonight.”
United wasted no time pouncing on the vulnerable back line of their winless guests, scoring the fourth-fastest goal in club history. Midfielder Branko Boskovic, making just his third start of the season, served a bending free kick into the box that De Rosario nodded home at the game’s 57-second mark.
For Boskovic, the assist marked the injury-plagued Montenegrin’s first statistical contribution in league play since joining the organization as a designated player in June 2010.
“I still think he’s a rhythm player and he needs these games,” Olsen said. “He’s only going to improve. We’ve done him a little bit of an injustice in that he hasn’t played a lot of minutes. That’s no way to get a rhythm. That’s not an easy way to play. But he’s been a pro about it.”
United went up 2-0 two minutes before halftime. Making his first start of 2012, veteran Josh Wolff sprayed a ball out wide to streaking right back Chris Korb, whose centering feed was converted by De Rosario.
The brace gave the Canadian 10 goals against his former MLS clubs — Toronto, New York, Houston and San Jose — since he joined United last June, including five in three games against Toronto, his hometown team.
The visitors pulled one back in the 71st minute when substitute Danny Koevermans knocked in Julian de Guzman’s long free kick.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- Luis Silva realizes potential in D.C. United playmaking role
- United, D.C. hope this new stadium plan will be the last
- Jared Jeffrey returns to U.S. in search of playing time after European tour
- Sonny Silooy's career has evolved from standout defender to standout talent developer
- Alain Rochat adjusts to D.C. United move with growing family on his mind
Latest Blog Entries
- Jason Levien, Ben Olsen discuss D.C. United's $300M stadium plan
- Conor Doyle loan continues D.C. United youth movement
- Ben Olsen discusses trading Brandon McDonald to Real Salt Lake
- Interview outtakes: Sonny Silooy
- Hello Luis Silva, Collin Martin, goodbye Alain Rochat: Breaking down D.C. United's busy day
By returning to goodness, the nation can achieve greatness once again
- Fuel-filled wings, ability to swarm: Pentagon offers glimpse at future of drone fleet
- Secret U.S. assessments show Afghanistan not ready to govern on own
- U.S. military on high alert as Ukraine troops trade gunfire with pro-Russian militants
- U.S. Navy to turn seawater into jet fuel
- GOP writes legislation to deny Attorney General Eric Holder his salary
- Al Qaeda mocks U.S. in 'extraordinary' Yemen gathering; experts fear CIA caught flat-footed
- HHS nominee Sylvia Burwell entangled in MetLife lawsuit
- Russian fighter jet buzzes U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea
- Nevada Bundy ranch standoff could leave dirt on Harry Reid reputation
- Bill Clinton falls off vegan diet wagon but not vegan label
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Chaos as Manhattan building explodes