TORvDC Playoff Recap

Toronto FC 5, D.C. United 1 | 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs Match Recap

After allowing an equalizer in the third minute of second-half stoppage time, Toronto FC broke out for four goals in the first half of extra time to defeat D.C. United 5-1 on Saturday night at BMO Field in the first round of the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Richie Laryea finished off a combination with Michael Bradley and Nick DeLeon to give Toronto the lead again, Jonathan Orosio twice in an eight-minute stretch, and then DeLeon completed the onslaught with a stunning curler off the underside of the crossbar.

Much earlier, Marky Delgado gave TFC the lead on a rebound after Bill Hamid spilled Alejandro Pozuelo's dipping shot.

It all amounted to Toronto's first playoff victory since winning the 2017 MLS Cup, on a night the Reds played without a pair of injured stars, forward Jozy Altidore (quad) and and defender Omar Gonzalez (hamstring).

Lucas Rodriguez scored the late equalizer for D.C. United off Wayne Rooney's corner kick, flicked on by Frederic Brillant, in a game that marks the end of Rooney's time with the Black-and-Red.

Paul Arriola was sent off for his second bookable offense in the 118th minute, with both cautions coming in the second half of extra time.