MLS Snapshot: Toronto FC 0-0 D.C. United

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The game in 100 words (or less): Welcome to the Let’s All Kick Sebastian Giovinco era of Major League Soccer. Giovinco, who was fouled five times (but it could have been 10) in last week’s loss to New York City FC, was continuously harassed and harried throughout Saturday’s 0-0 draw with D.C. United (three fouls suffered, but once again it could have been many more) at an extremely rainy, windy BMO Field. In the end, the battle between two of the Eastern Conference’s best teams ended scoreless despite another strong, flashy performance from Giovinco. The most veteran team in all of MLS, United simply know how to procure their desired result in any situation, against any team.

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Three moments that mattered

38′ — Osorio’s shot rolls just wide — Giovinco found the space in behind the United defense down the right side of the penalty area, where he then cut inside and played a square pass for Jonathan Osorio. The young Canadian created ample space to shoot with a clever fake, before ultimately pulling his left-footed dribbler just wide.

76′ — Hamid with a strong near-post save on Giovinco — The game’s best scoring chance, without a doubt. Michael Bradley made a charging, 40-yard run through midfield with the ball at his feet before playing Giovinco into space down the right. The Atomic Ant continued on into the penalty area, where he unleashed a stinging shot from a tight angle, but Bill Hamid had his near post covered.

84′ — Giovinco and Bradley very nearly connect in the box — It’s tough to tell what part of this particular TFC move was better — was it Bradley’s diagonal ball into space, or was it Giovinco’s ensuing hold-up play and creating of space? Unfortunately for TFC, Giovinco’s final ball was just out of Bradley’s reach.

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Man of the match: Bill Hamid — As already stated, TFC had one truly golden scoring chance in this game, and Hamid made one of the tougher saves you can ask of a goalkeeper — 100 percent reflexes at the near post, against a player of Giovinco’s quality.

LINEUPS

Toronto FC: Konopka, Morgan, Zavaleta, Perquis, Morrow, Warner, Osorio (Chapman 78′), Delgado (Jackson 82′), Bradley, Giovinco, Altidore (Findley 71′)

D.C. United: Hamid, Kemp, Birnbaum, Boswell, Korb, Rolfe (Coria 72′), Kitchen, Arnaud, DeLeon, Silva (Aguilar 58′), Espindola (Arrieta 90+2′)