WASHINGTON – Toronto FC’s troubles continued Saturday when DC United opened a shooting clinic, burning the visitors 7-1.
It was the sixth consecutive loss for a Toronto team (1-8-2) that is at the bottom of the Major League Soccer standings.
Kevin Paredes, Nigel Robertha, Paul Arriola, Ola Kamara, Yamil Asad and Griffin Yow all scored for DC United (5-6-1). TFC’s Ralph Priso-Mbongue added an own goal.
Ayo Akinola scored Toronto’s only account, temporarily reducing the deficit to 3-1 in the 39th minute.
TFC goalkeeper Alex Bono had a difficult afternoon at the net, stopping just two of seven shots on goal. DC’s Bill Hamid recorded three saves.
Toronto was left without staff in the 78th minute when defender Eriq Zavaleta was sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the game.
TFC got off to a shaky start Saturday and the team never recovered from a disastrous stretch in the first 21 minutes of the game.
The trouble started just in the second minute when a DC Andy Najar cross crossed the penalty area in front of several Toronto defenders and Paredes fired into the upper left corner of the net. The 18-year-old American’s first MLS goal gave United a 1-0 lead.
It looked like TFC would bounce back when Akinola responded with a shot of his own just a minute later, narrowly missing United’s net with a left-footed shot.
But in the ninth minute, Junior Moreno took Robertha out for a getaway and the Dutch international put a calm low shot past Bono’s outstretched leg for his second goal of the season in just his second start.
It briefly appeared that the visitors scored a goal in the 14th minute when Richie Laryea danced around Brendan Hines-Ike and landed a shot past Hamid. Officials quickly called the goal offside.
Another defensive stumble saw the ball end up in the back of Toronto’s net once more in the 21st minute. The ball bounced around the penalty area before bouncing off Priso-Mbongue and passing Bono, who dived in the opposite direction .
Akinola gave her a brief glimmer of hope before half. DC gave the ball to Michael Bradley and the veteran Toronto midfielder sent it to Akinola, who threw a left foot on Hamid to make it 3-1.
However, United once again took a three-goal lead in the 71st, when Arriola circled defender Chris Mavinga inside the penalty area and fired a shot over an extended Bono for his second goal of the season.
Three of DC’s goals came in the final nine minutes of the game.
The 18-year-old Yow sealed the score at 7-1 in the 90th minute when he hit a shot into Toronto’s net from the short side.
Five minutes earlier, Asad had sailed in a rocket from the top of the six-yard box.
Kamara struck in the 81st minute, catching a long ball and getting ahead of two Toronto defenders. Mavinga kept up the pace but couldn’t contain the Norwegian forward, who fired a shot for his fifth goal of the season.
Kamara shoved another ball into the back of Toronto’s net in the 83rd minute, but was quickly sanctioned for being offside.
Zavaleta was sent off in the 78th minute after receiving his second yellow of the game when he dragged Arriola on a run out of the Toronto penalty area. He had also received a warning for a foul in the 75th minute.