Monday, April 18, 2011

United Slams Toronto 3 - 0

This past weekend DC United earned its first road win of the MLS season, with a resounding 3 - 0 victory in Toronto at BMO Field before a stunned crowd of TFC faithful.  The scoring began just five minutes into regulation, when United midfielder Chris Pontius dribbled into the box alone and fired a low percentage but on-target shot that beat the difficult angle, giving United a one goal lead.  Five minutes later, Josh Wolff fired a shot that was not handled Toronto's keeper, allowing Charlie Davies to punch in the loose ball, giving United a two goal lead only ten minutes into play.

The demoralized crowd was silenced by the early reversal, and on the pitch Toronto became increasingly frustrated.  Just after the halftime re-start, Toronto defender Ty Harden was shown a red card for scissoring down Chris Pontius as he broke clear of the Toronto defense, leaving his side to play with only ten men.  With a man advantage, United inevitably found the net again in the 73rd minute with another fine goal from Chris Pontius, who drove into the box alone then reversed direction to beat the lone defender and cap the evening's scoring.

Chris Pontius showed us some quality football this weekend and demonstrated why he is one of United's best players.  And only four games into the season, United's Charlie Davies leads the league with five goals scored.  Time will tell if this win was a fluke or the beginning of a winning trend, but the signs are hopeful that perhaps Coach Ben Olsen has stabilized the lineup and some chemistry is building on the team.