DC United succumb to late stunner to break even with Toronto FC, 2-2

DC United went into Saturday’s game with a chip on their shoulder, eager to turn the tables on a disappointing week. After a draw on the road in Miami and a bitter home loss to NYCFC, the Blacks and Reds were hungry for three points – and a boost of morale.

Despite the scorching heat and a delayed game start time, DC and FCToronto brought the fight to Audi Field, going hand in hand for all 90′ – and more.

It was clear DC was looking for an early advantage. Taxi Fountas made a breakaway within 3′ to Alex Bono on the Toronto side. Pushing his way through a sea of ​​opposition, Taxi took a quick right-footed shot with a through ball courtesy of Chris Durkin, but his attempt was blocked.

Captain Steve Birnbaum tried his luck a minute later with a header. While the DC captain couldn’t find the back of the net, Black and Red’s tests of Toronto’s defenses weren’t in vain.

Julian Gressel’s precision serve found Michael Estrada on the flank. With a quick touch, Estrada sent the ball to a waiting Edison Flores – in front and in the center of the Toronto goal. With a quick touch, Flores returned the ball well on target in front of Bono to put DC on the board at 7′ with his first goal of the season (his third in Black and Red).

Toronto were eager for an answer, trying to capitalize on a free kick on 25′ and a subsequent corner kick from Jayden Nelson. The Reds failed both times.

Ayo Akinola would find the equalizer for Toronto. After a good turnover and a breakaway run, Akinola worked his way deep into DC’s defensive end and was left unmarked. He took the opportunity to insert a ball under Bill Hamid and bring the Reds level at 36′.

Even with the added stoppage time in the first half, neither DC nor Toronto could find an advantage before the whistle.

The Blacks and Reds will regain the advantage at 56′. Gressel threw a ball at a waiting taxi, but Bono quickly closed in on him. Under pressure, Taxi made a quick turn to a waiting Estrada who had advanced to close the game, his persistence paying off.

Toronto’s renewed confidence after Akinola’s equalizer would prove dangerous. As the sun set over Audi Field, the visitors grew more energetic in their attempts to break DC’s defenses and their losing streak.

Just when it looked like Black and Red were going to claim the three points, Toronto’s Jonathan Osorio won at 89′ with a late equalizer. Carefully tucking a shot into the bottom right corner of the net, Osorio’s goal would decide the game.

Five minutes of stoppage time would not be enough for Black and Red to find another opportunity. At the final whistle, the points were shared.

Captain Steven Birnbaum said: “We have to straighten things out and we need three points before the break. We have to start winning.

The East’s most contentious rivalry will be live again on May 28 as DC United travel to Harrison, NJ to meet the NY Red Bulls at 7 p.m. ET.

Three takeaways

  • Edison Flores achieved the goal he had promised all week. We saw early signs of an Edison Flores goal all week, especially on Wednesday as DC took on NYCFC. Flores finally hit all the tight calls as he hit a beauty in the 7′ against Toronto.
  • Michael Estrada and Taxi Fountas are simply thrilling to watch. What’s not to love about two DPs who can score thrilling goals AND provide excellent assists?
  • It’s the little things. Soft goals, set pieces and unmarked men threaten to undermine DC’s high-grade plays.

The score of the box

MLS Regular Season – Game 13

DC United: 2 (Flores 7′, Estrada 56′)

Toronto FC: 2 (Akinola 36′, Osorio 89′)

Compositions

DC United: (3-4-2-1) Bill Hamid, Brendan Hines-Ike (Donovan Pines 59′), Steven Birnbaum, Tony Alfaro, Julian Gressel, Chris Durkin, Sofiane Djeffal (Drew Skundrich 46′), Brad Smith ( Kimrani Smith 90′), Taxi Fountas, Edison Flores (Nigel Robertha 46′), Michael Estrada (Ola Kamara 73′)

Toronto FC: (4-3-3) Alex Bono, Carlos Salcedo, Lukas MacNaughton, Luca Petrasso, Kosi Thompson, Michael Bradley, Ralph Priso-Mbongue (Jonathan Osorio 62′), Deandre Kerr (Jordan Perruzza 85′), Jesús Jiménez , Jayden Nelson (Ifunanyachi Achara 78′), Ayo Akinola

Summary of misconduct

DC United: Hines-Ike 16′, Alfaro 23′, B. Smith 84′, Durkin 90’+3′

Toronto FC: Salcedo 10′, Jiménez, Osorio 80′

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