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.