WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16: Hamdi Salihi #9 of D.C. United celebrates after a goal against the Colorado Rapids at RFK Stadium on May 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
D.C. United took advantage of cellar-dweller Toronto FC at home on Saturday night in impressive fashion, 3-1. United have now won five of their last seven games.
United easily disposed of bottom-dweller Toronto FC on Saturday night, as the game was never in doubt. I'm not sure United could have asked for a better start to the game. After Dwayne De Rosario's first minute goal, United remained in control for most of the game. Outside of Toronto's goal, they barely saw the ball as United had 60% of the possession.
GK - Bill Hamid - 8.5
Hamid was superb for most of the evening. It's honestly tough to even place any blame on him for the goal. Brandon McDonald and Perry Kitchen were to blame for Danny Koevermans getting in position to beat Hamid. Hamid's fantastic form continued against Toronto, and while he didn't get the clean sheet, he did everything in his power to do so.
D - Chris Korb - 7.5
I haven't been too high on Korb so far this season, however, this was easily his best game of the season. Korb was all over the field, and managed to pick up an assist on a phenomenal run down the right flank before sending in a great cross to Dwayne De Rosario.
D - Brandon McDonald - 6
McDonald was guilty on the goal, as he was covering Koevermans. McDonald did a decent job defending outside of the goal. He had a few clearances and did well in the air.
D - Daniel Woolard - 7
Wasn't responsible for the goal, but didn't stand out. I guess in defense, that's a good thing. I feel like we say this every week, he was solid, but unspectacular. Woolard has played very well after transitioning to the center of the defense, and once he moved back outside after Danny Cruz was injured, he performed well there too.
D - Andy Najar - 8
Najar played well in the right back spot to start the game, but once Danny Cruz went out Najar went in to a different gear. He was attacking the defense non-stop. His run to the end-line that led to Hamdi Salihi's goal was phenomenal. Hopefully this will lead to more Najar in an attacking role. Or just transitioning the team to a 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 like they were playing for long portions of the evening.
M - Perry Kitchen - 7
Kitchen had another strong performance clearing up everything in the back. He did miss out on some help on the goal, but did well throughout the goal and broke up a big attack by Toronto.
M - Branko Boskovic - 7.5
Boskovic has really stepped his game up in the two games this week. Boskovic's service is unparalleled on this team right now, at least as far as corners, crossing and long balls are concerned. His direct free kicks are still so-so, but his pinpoint placement on De Rosario's header in the first minute was phenomenal.
M - Danny Cruz - Incomplete
Cruz left in the 22nd minute with a hamstring injury and will have an MRI to determine the severity. Was running with solid pace before the injury occurred.
M - Dwayne De Rosario - 9.5 (Man of the Match)
I know, total shocker that DeRo is MOTM. Two goals, and some phenomenal skill on the ball throughout the game. Another great night for the reining MVP.
F - Josh Wolff - 6
I don't know how to grade Josh Wolff, mostly because I don't know exactly what position he was attempting to play all night. After Jakovic came on, there were times where it looked like Wolff moved to the Left Midfield or even Left Back spot with his positioning. It wasn't a bad performance, but he didn't add much to the attack.
F - Hamdi Salihi - 7.5
This is more a reflection of him not adding a second on a few easy chances. Salihi poached a goal in the 73rd minute after disappearing for most of the second half. He didn't disappear after that as he had two easy shots on net and was saved on one and whiffed on the other.
D - Dejan Jakovic - 7
Jakovic looked good in the back tonight. His presence in the back allowed United to play a hybrid 3-5-2/3-4-3 with Chris Korb pressing up into the midfield at times.
M - Marcelo Saragosa - 5.5
Saragosa kept up the attack when he was in the game, and took over set piece duties when he replaced Boskovic.
M Stephen King - Incomplete
King came on for Najar for the final seven minutes and change.