Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Three players scored in the second half as Toronto FC snapped an eight-match winless streak via a 4-1 triumph over DC United Saturday before 15,879 fans at BMO Field.
The win gave Toronto a much-needed respite in its second-to-last home fixture and made a winner of assistant Jim Brennan in his debut as an MLS coach.
Toronto got the win despite the absence of key players Robert Earnshaw, Steven Caldwell, Matias Laba and Jonathan Osorio.
DC United extended its current league winless streak to eight games with the loss as it rested stars Dwayne De Rosario, Chris Pontius, Perry Kitchen and Bill Hamid for an upcoming U.S. Open Cup final match
The absence of big names didn’t matter as United’s Jared Jeffrey and TFC’s Darel Russell scored highlight-reel goals in the first half.
DC United opened the scoring in 12th minute when Jeffrey beat TFC keeper Joe Bendik with an exceptional strike from 25 yards out.
Toronto evened the match 11 minutes later when Russell chested an errant ball inside the DC box and volleyed it past goalkeeper Joe Willis.
TFC took the lead in the 67th minute when right back Mark Bloom delivered a fantastic cross that striker Bright Dike finished via a thundering volley.
Toronto added an insurance goal four minutes later on the break when a cross from Alvaro Rey ended up in the back of the DC net courtesy of an own goal by defender Conor Shanosky.
Rey added a spectacular goal of his own in the 87th minute when he showed off some fantastic ball-handling ability in the DC box before delivering a well-placed shot inside the far post.
Toronto FC returns to action on October 5 against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park, while DC United will face the Real Salt Lake Tuesday in the U.S. Open Cup final.