That might be an understatement to describe last night's game against Toronto FC. Kansas City did not look good last night, while Toronto came to play and were able to pick Kansas City apart at times. Toronto had the run of play from the opening whistle, creating the better of the chances before grabbing the lead in the 33rd minute when Graham Zusi was disposed around midfield. The ball was played to Dwayne DeRosario who dribbled deep into the Wizards end before finding Jim Brennan on the left. Brennan shot high and to the near post and beat Kevin Hartman to give TFC the lead. The Wizards made some half time changes at the half, Aaron Hohlbein was pulled at half time for Roger Espinoza, and the Wizards switched to a 3-4-3/3-5-2 to try and get into the game better, as Toronto had completely dominated the Wizards midfield with DeRosario and Amado Guevara. TFC though capitalized on the extra space in the back in the 53rd minute when Guevara received the ball at the top of the box, was able to shake his defender, turn and score to give TFC a 2-0 lead.
KC's response was almost immediate, as Davy Arnaud struck a rocket from about 25 yards out into the upper 90 to pull the Wizards back within 1. Unfortunately, KC was only within a goal for about 6 minutes before TFC restored their 2 goal lead. DeRosario was able to hold off Jonathan Leathers on the wing and got a shot off that Kevin Hartman did well to save. Unfortunately there were 3 TFC players following the play, and Guevara was the first to it, slotting it past Hartman to make it 3-1. Immediately after that goal, new signing Santiago Hirsig was introduced into the match, and his introduction did wonders for the Wizards team. Hirsig was a calming influence and the Wizards started to control the game some. Hirsig played an even bigger role in getting the Wizards back to within 1. Hirsig cleaverly brought down a cross from Espinoza and touched it back to Arnaud, who from about 20 yards out struck again into the far corner to make it 3-2 TFC. After the goal, TFC again pushed forward and had a chance to go up 4-2, when a handball was called on Michael Harrington in the box. DeRosario took the PK, but skied it over the bar. KC was unable to get many clear chances late, and fell to TFC for the first time in their history at home.
Wizards Man of the Match - Davy Arnaud - Not a hard choice for the game from last night. Hirsig was a calmling influence, but if not for Arnaud's willingness to shoot from outside, KC would have had no real offensive chances in the game.
Player Ratings Hartman 5, Leathers 4, Conrad 5, Hohlbein 4, Harrington 4, Zusi 4, Jewsbury 5, Arnaud 7, Lopez 5, Wolff 5, Gomez 5. Subs Espinoza 5, Hirsig 6