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D.C. United looks to stay hot at Toronto FC

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D.C. United looks to extend its winning streak to a season-high three games Wednesday night while trying to hand host Toronto FC a third straight defeat.

D.C. United (7-3-2) is tied on points with Philadelphia atop the Eastern Conference and has won both matches in May after closing April with a 1-0 loss at Minnesota United FC. Both victories came at home, most recently 1-0 over Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

Now, United hits the road, where it is 3-1-1, for a three-game stretch, including two over a four-day span at Toronto and Houston.

“Behind closed doors, (those) were very important points to pick up (in the last two matches),” D.C. manager Ben Olsen said on MLSsoccer.com. “To get these six points going into this road trip gives us some confidence.”

United star Wayne Rooney has a goal and an assist in the past two games. Last season, he recorded the match’s lone goal on a free kick in D.C.’s 1-0 home victory over Toronto.

Teammate Paul Arriola, who has a goal in two consecutive matches, had one goal with an assist in a 4-4 draw at Toronto in 2018.

Toronto (5-4-1) opened the season with a 3-0-1 record at home before dropping back-to-back home matches — 2-1 decisions to Portland (April 27) and Philadelphia (Saturday).

TFC last dropped three straight at home in 2012.

Toronto star Jozy Altidore (five goals) returned last weekend after missing three games with a hamstring injury, but his team could only muster Alejandro Pozuelo’s fifth goal of 2019 in the 2-1 loss to the Union. Pozuelo also has six assists in eight MLS matches.

“We have another game on Wednesday,” Pozuelo said on Toronto’s official website. “We need to change the mentality fast … and move forward.”

It seems unlikely that Toronto defenders Auro (back) and Laurent Ciman (ankle) will be available Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

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