Wayne Rooney’s MLS career came to a disappointing end as his D.C. side were trounced during extra time in their match against Toronto. No.4 met no.5 in the Eastern Conference with both sides tied on points and Toronto only gaining a home advantage thanks to their slightly superior goal difference.
The Canadian side looked the better side for most of the match, with Marky Delgado benefitting from a piece of clumsy goalkeeping from D.C.’s Bill Hamid and opening the scoring in minute 32. A Toronto home win was priced at -180 in these soccer odds before the game and the favourites looked set to seal a good win before D.C. winger Lucas Rodriguez popped up at the back post and scored a dramatic 90+3 minute leveller.
A tie had been priced at +333 before the game, but D.C. might look back on this game and think that scoring that leveller might not have been such a good thing. What followed Rodriguez’s leveller was a first half of extra time that saw Toronto run absolute riot, netting four goals in twelve minutes. Laryea, DeLeon and a brace from Jonathan Osorio piled on the misery for D.C. whose night was made even worse by the sending off of midfielder Paul Arriola, whose two yellow cards both strangely came in the second half of extra time.
Toronto now face a daunting challenge against Eastern Conference winners New York City on Wednesday October 23rd. Though they have a strong record against the Cityzens, the Canadian side are still heavy outsiders in these markets for the MLS Cup at +1600.