Moreno finale spoiled as Toronto FC comes from behind in 3-2 win

Dwayne De Rosario scored twice in the second half to lead a come from behind win for the visiting Toronto FC in their 3-2 win over D.C. United in Jaime Moreno’s last game ever for the Black-and-Red. Moreno did however temporarily overtake Jeff Cunningham for the all-time goal scoring lead with his 133rd goal off a penalty kick conversion late in the first half. Defensive mistakes and a missed offside call doomed the home side in Moreno’s last match at RFK Stadium.

United got the party started early when Santino Quaranta gave the 18,071 in attendance a jolt with a rebound goal in the 2nd minute. The play started along the right sideline where Andy Najar received a long diagonal ball from Julius James. The 17-year old trapped the ball beautifully and duly waited for the overlapping run from Devon McTavish. McTavish played a ball into the box that Pablo Hernandez should have buried but his shot was well saved by former United goalkeeper Milos Kocic. The rebound however fell into the path of the hustling Quaranta who easily stabbed the ball into the net with exactly 1:00 been played.

Jaime Moreno

Jaime Moreno celebrates his final goal for D.C. United. Photo: Martin Fernandez.

United could not continue the momentum and in the 23rd minute the match was level at 1-1. Maicon Santos received a pass from Nick LaBrocca and hit a low left-footed piledriver that somehow got by Troy Perkins who seemed to have the angle covered.. After the goal both teams took turns knocking the ball around but it was some vintage Jaime Moreno magic in the 39th minute that brought many at RFK to tears. Perkins played a quick ball over the top of the TFC defense for Moreno to run onto in the corner. Moreno beat the defense to the ball and calmly held possession and waited for teammates to get into scoring position. As Pablo Hernandez was nearing the penalty spot, the crafty Bolivian centered the ball but it clearly deflected off the hand of TFC defender Julian de Guzman and a penalty was awarded. There was no doubt who would be taking the kick and there was equal no doubt in the result as Moreno calmly slotted the ball into the right side-netting to give United a 2-1 lead.

That lead would only last three minutes into the second half when TFC would equalize through a goal that should have been disallowed. Dwayne De Rosario clearly came from an offside position to meet a free kick delivered by LaBrocca and looped his header over Perkins into the far side-netting. Replays clearly showed De Rosario offside as the ball was played but the assistant linesman, in spite of a clear view, simply missed the call.

Moreno’s storybook ending of his United career unofficially came to an end in the 65th minute when TFC took the lead for good. United midfielder Kurt Morsink lost possession in midfield too easily and instantly fueled the TFC counterattack. TFC Academy player Nicholas Lindsay swooped up the loose ball and hit a no-look pass to the right flank to Jacob Peterson. His one-touch pass across the goalmouth went undefended and ended up on the boot of De Rosario who scored his second goal of the game and the game-winner.

United had a few more attacks left in them but in true 2010 United fashion, their utter and complete lack of finishing plays prevented them from sending Moreno off into the sunset with a win in his final game. Moreno was subbed out of the match in the 82nd minute and received hugs from all of the players on the field, including many TFC players in a sign of deep respect for the best player to ever grace the fields of Major League Soccer.

Jaime Moreno will be sorely missed and he was the last remaining piece of United’s last MLS Cup win in 2004.

United Notes

  • United finished with their worst-ever record in league play. 6-20-4 for 22 points
  • United also claims a few new records for futility. Not just team records, but league records as well. 17 shutouts was a new record and 21 goals scored was also a new record set this season.
  • United had their worst home record by miles this season. 3-11-1. In fact, they scored more points on the road (12) than at home (10) this season
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