DC United defeats Toronto FC, 7-1

DC United got off to a good start on a special day at home on Saturday, then continued with a massive second half and strode to the win, 7-1 over Toronto FC.

The host team scored two goals in the first eight minutes. Kevin Paredes scored his first Major League Soccer goal in the second minute and Nigel Robertha scored in the eighth minute.

DC United (5-6-1.16 points) also scored a goal against Toronto midfielder FC Ralph Priso-Mbongue in the 21st minute, followed by goals from Paul Arriola, Ola Kamara, Yamil Asad and Griffin. Yow in the second half.

DC United’s seven goals are the most important the team has ever scored in an MLS game.

DC United were fueled by pre-game tributes to a recently deceased longtime fan and two club legends.

Toronto FC (1-8-2, 5 points) lost their sixth consecutive game. Ayo Akinola scored the only goal for the Canadian team in the first half, but the club appear to have bottomed out. He has allowed 26 goals this season, most of them in the league.

Andy Najar, playing his 100th career game in a DC United uniform who returned to the club in the past offseason, contributed two of his side’s goals.

Toronto had been deprived of three of its best players before the game, but Yeferson Soteldo and Alejandro Pozuelo returned and were substitutes in the second half.

It didn’t help. Toronto FC lost defender Eriq Zavaleta to a late red card, exacerbating problems at their already porous back line.

Najar found Paredes with a cross which led to Paredes’ goal shortly after the opening whistle. Then DC United struck again with Robertha completing a pass from Junior Moreno.

Kamara and Yow scored in the breakaway past the Toronto FC defense, dodging offside calls for easy goals.

– Field level media

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