The Reds (7-9-7) are in must-win mode if they have any hope of making the playoffs, especially after battling to a scoreless draw at Chicago in a mid- week fixture.
"It's definitely is a big point, but I think we should have came out with a win, but we'll take the point," Toronto captain Dwayne De Rosario told Rogers Sportsnet after the game. "It pushes us up a little bit, we have another important game coming up against DC on Saturday."
Toronto has proven to be a different club at home than on the road. It is 6-1-5 this season at BMO Field, and just 1-8-2 away from it. Because of its road woes, the team is under immense pressure to get all three points against a struggling D.C. United club on Saturday.
"We can't lose anyone right now, we need as many guys as possible," De Rosario said. "We do have a little bit of injuries [concerns] in important positions. We've got to carry on with it and, hopefully, the guys that do get their chances are 100 percent ready and focused and take the opportunities."
United (4-16-3), on the other hand, is having one of the worst seasons in franchise history. After a 1-0 loss vs. Columbus last weekend, it tied the MLS mark for times being shut out in a season at 15. If it happens again in the club's next seven games it will own the dubious mark.
"It's a bit of a broken record at this point, right? Unfortunately we're not making big plays," D.C. United interim coach Ben Olsen told mlssoccer.com. "You've heard this before. This is who we are right now. I think there's part of us that's growing, and there's part of us that is kind of staying the same, and the part that's staying the same is costing us games. So I don't know what else to tell you."
Last week it was a goalkeeping blunder by Bill Hamid that cost his team the game when he misplayed a ball right to Guillermo Barros Schelotto in his own six-yard box. The Argentine easily slotted the ball home for the only goal in a 1-0 United loss.
"The field's playing kind of poor, but at the same time, there's no excuse for that mistake on my part," Hamid said after the match. "It shouldn't have been a goal, shouldn't have been a mistake. Maybe I could've one-timed it out, who knows. But I apologize to my teammates, to the coaches, to the staff, to the fans, for the mistake."