Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - Toronto FC claimed its first league win
since March 9 by defeating D.C. United, 2-1, at RFK Stadium on Saturday.
D.C. went in front thanks to Dwayne De Rosario's penalty kick, but a strike
from Robbie Earnshaw and an own goal from Daniel Woolard saw Toronto overturn
the deficit before halftime to snap an 11-game winless run.
Toronto (2-7-5) improves to 11 points on the season to pull five points clear
of last-place United (1-11-3).
D.C. took the lead in the 19th minute behind a generous penalty decision. Nick
DeLeon made a penetrating run into the box and went down under minimal contact
from Gale Agbossoumonde, but referee Hilario Grajeda pointed to the spot. De
Rosario converted the ensuing attempt for his second league goal of the
United held the lead until the 30th minute when a free kick delivery from
mid-field was met by Earnshaw. The Welsh striker outmuscled Brandon McDonald
to win the header and send his shot off the post and into the back of the net.
Toronto managed to climb in front four minutes before the break when a free
kick played into the box was turned into the United net by Woolard's glancing
D.C. United pushed for an equalizer in the second half but failed to find one,
bringing its winless run in league play to a miserable 13 games.