Toronto FC set an MLS record as they scored the most goals in extra time during playoffs with four, and won the game 5-1.
D.C. came to BMO Field in what was Wayne Rooney’s last game in MLS. Rooney and co. left with a less than desirable result.
The Reds were without striker Jozy Altidore and defender Omar Gonzalez. Altidore suffered a quad injury on October 6, while Gonzalez dealt with a hamstring injury.
Laurent Ciman started in place of Gonzalez in the back four, and Alejandro Pozuelo played the role of striker with five other midfielders playing in the attack.
TFC opened the scoring in the 32nd minute through Marky Delgado. Bill Hamid parried Pozuelo’s shot, and Delgado was there on the doorstep to tap it in.
Toronto was bailed out by goalkeeper Quentin Westberg multiple times in the second half as he did his part to preserve his team’s lead.
D.C. tied it in second half stoppage time with a goal from Lucas Rodriguez. Wayne Rooney’s corner was headed on by Frédéric Brillant and the ball found its way to the back post for Rodriguez to score.
Extra time was needed, and TFC wasted no time to regain the lead. Substitute Richie Laryea who was fresh off a midweek win for Canada at BMO, made it 2-1 in the 93rd minute.
Michael Bradley spun away from his man and sent a pass to another substitute in Nick DeLeon who played a through ball to Laryea which he shot near-side past Hamid.
Toronto scored just two minutes later when Jonathan Osorio bundled the ball in after a scramble in the box.
Osorio added another in the 103rd minute to make it 4-1.
He is the second TFC player to have a multi-goal performance in a playoff game. The first player to score multiple goals in a playoff game for Toronto FC was Sebastian Giovinco in 2016 in leg 2 of the conference semi-finals against NYCFC.
Nick DeLeon spent seven seasons with D.C., and scored for the second time against his former club this season.
With the new MLS playoff format, the Reds will not host another playoff game this season.
Toronto FC will travel to the Big Apple to play NYCFC at Citi Field on Wednesday night.
Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
Featured image from Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press.