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  • September 28, 2013
  • • 1:00 PM
  • • BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
  • Referee: T. Unkel
  • • Attendance: 15879

Toronto FC 4-1 D.C. United: TFC rolls against reserve squad

Toronto FC 4-1 D.C. United: TFC rolls against reserve squad

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Fielding a second-string unit ahead of the U.S. Open Cup final, United started the match brightly but was picked apart by Toronto after halftime.

Playing host to a reserve squad from the league's worst team, Toronto FC overcame a sluggish start to grab the expected result Saturday in a 4-1 triumph over D.C. United.

Jared Jeffrey opened the scoring for United in spectacular fashion, but strikes from Darel Russell, Bright Dike and Alvaro Rey, as well as a D.C. own goal, gave Toronto the victory.

With the U.S. Open Cup final at Real Salt Lake looming Tuesday, United coach Ben Olsen fielded a second-string team and only dressed five substitutes. Among the starters for United were 17-year-old Michael Seaton and 18-year-old Collin Martin, homegrown players signed this year.

United took the lead 15 minutes in. Given time and space 30 yards out, Jeffrey set his sights on goal and curled a gorgeous strike into the upper corner.

Toronto drew even 11 minutes later. Collecting a deflected service from Bobby Convey, Russell chested the ball down and hit a no-look volley past Joe Willis.

The home side jumped ahead in the 67th minute. With the referee playing advantage following a Marcelo Saragosa foul, Toronto right back Mark Bloom whipped in a cross that Dike volleyed home.

Toronto added an insurance goal four minutes later, as a centering feed from Rey deflected off United's Conor Shanosky for an own goal. And Rey wrapped the scoring in the 87th minute when he capped an individual run with a far-post finish.

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