Toronto FC and DC United Play to 1-1 Draw After Late Penalty
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Just when it looked as though Toronto FC were closing in on a second straight victory, DC United striker Wayne Rooney scored a penalty kick in the 90th minute, to tie the game 1-1 and give DC one point.
This game was the first time both teams played one another since their 0-0 draw in Toronto last month, which saw Toronto dominate possession and set records for total shots on goal. This game was under different circumstances as Toronto didn’t have the services of Jozy Altidore, Jonathan Osorio, and captain Michael Bradley, who are representing their respective nations in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Toronto came into this game following their big win over reigning MLS Cup champions Atlanta United on Wednesday, where a last-minute penalty shot sealed their first win in eight games. The team were looking to build off the momentum of that performance and earn another three-points on the road.
Toronto coach Greg Vanney went with a 3-5-2 formation with Quentin Westberg getting the start in goal, Richie Laryea, Laurent Ciman, and Justin Morrow on the back line, Liam Fraser, Tsubasa Endoh, Marky Delgado, Jacob Shaffelburg, and Jay Chapman in the midfield, and Nick DeLeon and Alejandro Pozuelo as the attacker up top.
All eyes were on DC United striker Wayne Rooney, who scored an incredible goal from half in DC’s win over Orlando City on Wednesday. The star striker has played a pivotal role in DC’s success since signing with the team last July. With most of Toronto FC’s regular starting-XI not in the lineup, Rooney would surely have the advantage in the offensive end.
After a back and forth start to the game, Toronto FC would get on the scoresheet in the 19th minute, when Richie Laryea found space off the wing and crossed the ball to Nick DeLeon, who would tap the ball into the net against his former club.
Even though Toronto had the lead, DC United controlled possession for most of the game but were unable to find much success against Toronto’s back line, who were playing well; they were all quickly tracking back into position during DC’s counterattack and made crucial tackles to maintain the lead and ensure Westberg wasn’t forced to make multiple saves at a time.
As the game started winding down, it look as though Toronto FC were on their way to getting a second-straight victory and three points on the road however, DC United were awarded a penalty kick in the 90th minute after VAR determined that there was a handball in Toronto’s box.
To no surprise, Wayne Rooney would step up to the penalty spot for his club and scored a nicely placed shot past Westberg to tie the game 1-1.
Similar to the last time these two team played each other, Toronto FC are likely disappointed with the result because they did everything right up until the final minute of the game and once again play DC United to a draw.
Photo Credit: Toronto FC @TorontoFC