Toronto FC suffer disappointing loss
Toronto FC saw abid for a third consecutive win quickly turn in the second half on Saturday afternoon, leading to a D.C. United victory in MLS action.
Jaime Moreno's penalty kick conversion in the 79th minute was the difference in a 2-1 United win.
Withhis 108th careergoal, the Bolivian star tied Jason Kries for first on the all-time MLS goal scoring list.
"It's a great achievement," Moreno said of tying the record.
"I never qualify myself as a top scorer of goals. But being so long in this league definitely got me there, so I'm really happy. I'm happy with the MLS, with my teammates for giving me the opportunity to play in this league for so long and keep believing in me … I don't know how many years left I have, but as long as I'm still playing, I'm going to keep enjoying it and have fun out there."
D.C. had benefited from an own goal off Toronto defender Kevin Goldthwaite early in the second half to tie the score.
Alecko Eskandarian, who spent four seasons with United, scored in the 44th minute to give FC the lead it couldn't hold.
Toronto drops to 2-5 as it completed a four-game homestand.
"I'm not going to make any excuses," said a defiant Toronto coach Mo Johnston, adding "I don't think D.C. were the better team. "I'm very disappointed for our guys in there. They left everything on the field today."
D.C. United, last season's East Division winner,moved to 2-3-1 with the win. Like Toronto, the club lost its first three games of the season.
FC yielded a shot in just the third minute, but Moreno's attempt was harmless and easily scooped by Greg Sutton.
The crowd at BMO Field grew restless in a whistle-filled first, with the officials doling out five yellow cards, including to Eskandarian,Goldthwaiteand Maurice Edu.
Eskandarian roused the fans by putting Toronto ahead just before the half ended, taking a loose ball in the United box and drilling it over the shoulder of keeper Troy Perkins.
Early in the second, Luciano Emilio took a longpass in stride, but his attempt to tie the game for D.C. went just wide.
Goldthwaite's miscuecame soon after, though, as his attemptto clear away Christian Gomez's free kick instead flew by a helpless Sutton.
Gomez was the recipient of a fine pass from Guy-Roland Kpene in the 61st minute, but Sutton was positioned properly to keep the score 1-1.
Emilio figured in the game's key play, taken down in the box by FC's Marvell Wynne.
Moreno'spenalty kickwas well placed, in the lower left corner past a diving Sutton.
"I don't want to say anything too bad to get fined, but basically every person can watch the replay and make their own decisions. And I think more people than not, their opinions will be that it wasn't a PK," said Eskandarian.
"You live by the referee's decision sometimes and unfortunately it went against us today. That's why we lost today."
Wynne made a run down the right side in extra time and sent a cross in the middle, but Andrea Lombardo's header sailed over the crossbar.
Seconds later, Edson Buddle, who replaced Eskandarian, directed a shot that was caught by Perkins, FC's last chance of the match.
Toronto will host Portuguese club Benfica on Wednesday in an exhibition game before heading on the road to take on the Columbus Crew next Saturday.
With files from the Canadian Press