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Will DC United be down for the count...again?
Two. That is the combined win total of two of MLS’ most pitiful clubs.
Two teams. Twenty-seven games played. Fourteen laughable points.
DC United and Toronto FC will do battle this weekend for one reason and one reason only: The schedule says they have to.
Open your eyes and hope for the best, MLS fans. But don’t expect a barnburner at RFK Stadium Saturday night.
DC enters Week 16 with a total of six goals. By far the worst goal total in the league. Toronto is well ahead with 12, but even that is enough to land the Reds in the bottom third of MLS.
Neither team is notorious for dictating the pace, either.
According to statisticians at WhoScored, a standard 50.7 percent possession this season is the best United can muster. Toronto is no better at 47 percent.
The numbers say incompetence will be on display at RFK, so the question is: Who wants the victory more?
The answer will come in the closing minutes of the match.
Toronto’s reputation for conceding late goals will be put to the test this weekend. The Reds have allowed a league-high nine goals in the final 15 minutes of matches, costing the team crucial points in the process. United have scored zero in that time span.
Something has to give in Week 16.