TFC 5, DC United 1
Jonathan Osorio scored twice, while Nick DeLeon and Richie Laryea and added two more in a four-goal extra-time outburst as Toronto FC posted a wild 5-1 playoff victory Saturday that ended D.C. United’s season and Wayne Rooney’s MLS career.
The goals came in the first half of the 30-minute extra time. They came in the 93rd, 95th, 103rd and 105th minute. Therefore, turning the game on its head.
Laryea beat D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid from close range three minutes into extra time after Michael Bradley stole the ball and fed DeLeon. The midfielder slipped the ball to Laryea.
Two minutes later Drew Moor headed an Alejandro Pozuelo corner into the goal, where Osorio was to bang it in amidst a scrum of bodies.
Pozuelo then spotted Osorio steaming towards goal, and the Canadian midfielder hammered a volley home from just inside the penalty area. DeLeon made it 5-1 with a swerving shot from long distance after a Pozuelo corner.
Toronto had chances to add to its total in the second half of extra time. D.C. United, meanwhile, lost Paul Arriola to a second yellow card in the 118th minute.
Toronto had seemed destined for victory thanks to Marky Delgado’s 32nd-minute goal. However, that all changed in the 93rd minute when Argentine midfielder Lucas Rodriguez swept in a Rooney corner after Frederic Brillant nudged the ball over to the far post.
The goal silenced the 25,331 fans in attendance at BMO Field.
The corner came after TFC keeper Quentin Westberg was caught out of position attempting to clear the ball. However, he did not find safety and the Washington man chipped the ball at goal. This forced centre back Chris Mavinga to head the ball out for the corner.
Meanwhile, TFC were missing the services of two key players — striker Jozy Altidore and centre back Omar Gonzalez. However, both players are expected to return for their next game against New York City FC on Wednesday.