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Recap: Toronto FC explode in extra time to advance to the next round of MLS Cup Playoffs

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Can we just play extra time in New York City?

Tagwa Moyo

Jonathan Osorio scored a brace in extra time, and Richie Laryea and Nick DeLeon added others in the extra period, as Toronto FC thrashed D.C. United 5-1 after 120 minutes.

Without Jozy Altidore or Omar Gonzalez, the big victory ends Wayne Rooney’s time in MLS, and sends the Reds to New York City to take on NYCFC in the next round.

After a fairly quiet start to the match, Marky Delgado opened the scoring for Toronto FC in the 32nd minute. When D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid failed to hang on to Alejandro Pozuelo’s long shot, Marky Delgado put home the rebound, giving the Reds a 1-0 advantage.

In the second half, it was the Quentin Westberg show, as the TFC shot-stopper saved his side on several occasions. His finest sequence came in the 64th/65th minutes, as he stopped Wayne Rooney with a pair of big saves in quick succession.

He pulled off another fantastic save in the 77th minute, stopping Ola Kamara’s breakaway effort.

D.C. finally found their breakthrough in second-half stoppage time, however, as Lucas Rodríguez put it home from close range, silencing the fans at BMO — but their celebration would be short-lived.

Toronto FC exploded in extra time, scoring FOUR times, starting with a strike across the goal from Richie Laryea in the 93rd minute.

Canadian internationals continued their massive week, as Jonathan Osorio doubled Toronto’s lead two minutes later, tapping it home from close range.

The party continued for The Reds in the 103rd minute, as Osorio scored his second of the half, firing a sweet half-volley into the bottom-left corner, putting the game out of reach.

Just when it seemed like TFC were done their scoring outburst, Nick DeLeon poured salt in D.C. United’s wound with a curling effort moments before half-time of extra-time. The former D.C. player curled his shot into the top-right corner, making it 5-1 to Toronto.

With any hope of a comeback gone, Wayne Rooney’s MLS career came to a close, as he was subbed out at half-time of extra-time.

The Reds saw out the second period of play, and will move on to play NYCFC on Wednesday night at Citi Field.