D.C. United at Toronto FC
Where: BMO Field.
When: 4 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet.
Radio: WDCN (87.7 FM), Spanish.
Records: United 4-16-3, 15 points; Toronto 7-9-7, 28.
D.C. probable starters (4-4-2 formation): GK Troy Perkins; Ds Jordan Graye, Julius James, Dejan Jakovic, Jed Zayner; MFs Andy Najar, Clyde Simms, Branko Boskovic, Santino Quaranta; Fs Pablo Hernandez, Danny Allsopp.
Toronto probable starters (4-4-2): GK Stefan Frei; Ds Dan Gargan, Adrian Cann, Nana Attakora, Ty Harden; MFs Nick LaBrocca, Julian de Guzman, Joseph Nane, Jacob Peterson; Fs O'Brian White, Dwayne De Rosario.
Outlook: With Bill Hamid headed for shoulder surgery soon, the veteran Perkins has regained the starting goalkeeper role. Newly acquired Chase Harrison, formerly with Virginia Tech and several second- and third-division clubs, is the backup. Ds Juan Manuel Pena (aggravated quadriceps) and Marc Burch (foot surgery), MF-F Chris Pontius (hamstring) and F Adam Cristman (knee surgery) have also joined the injury list. With another scoreless performance, United would set the MLS record for shutouts; it's currently tied with Toronto (2007) and New York (2009) with 15. Headed for the worst season in its history, United is 1-8-2 in the past 11 league matches. On the road, D.C. is 1-8-2 and hasn't scored since a 1-1 tie July 3 at San Jose, a 386-minute stretch that includes four shutouts. Toronto (6-1-5 at home, with nine goals allowed) has scored just once during a 0-3-2 rut in league play and is coming off a 0-0 draw at Chicago on Wednesday.
- Steven Goff