A Disastrous Finish for TFC in MLS Draw | DC United (2-2) Toronto FC

On Matchday 18 of the MLS, Toronto FC visited DC United, where a match that seemed to be controlled by TFC resulted in an agonizing draw for the visitors.
A Disastrous Finish for TFC in MLS Draw | DC United (2-2) Toronto FC
A Disastrous Finish for TFC in MLS Draw | DC United (2-2) Toronto FC / Andrew Katsampes/ISI Photos/GettyImages

The match preview suggested a very even encounter between these two clubs, with both fighting hard in an important game for the Eastern Conference and both looking to secure points to ensure a Playoff spot.

Toronto FC took to the field with their best XI, with the only notable absence being Lorenzo Insigne, who is still with his newborn daughter and is expected to return to competitions with TFC for the next match on June 15.

A match that seemed controlled for Toronto FC

In the first half, the score quickly increased for TFC thanks to the offensive play down the left wing, where Bernardeschi was the playmaker. He provided a spectacular assist to Derick Etienne, who scored the first goal in the 2nd minute of the match.

With a great performance from Bernardeschi, Toronto FC scored again in the 33rd minute to make it 0-2, continuing to dominate the left wing. The Italian's cross-shot was impossible for DC United's goalkeeper to stop.

One of the standout performers was also Sean Johnson, who had a great game overall but faced challenges towards the end. The home team's first goal came in the 79th minute when Johnson spilled a long-range shot, allowing Theodore Ku-DiPietro to capitalize on the rebound.

TFC down to 9 men in the match

In the last 10 minutes, the disaster unfolded for TFC. In the 87th minute, Bernardeschi was sent off for a second yellow card in a bizarre incident where he kicked the ball away out of frustration with the referee.

A few minutes later, Nickseon Gomis was also sent off after a VAR review of a foul he committed in the box, leading to a penalty for DC United and Gomis receiving his second yellow card. Mateusz Klich converted the penalty, tying the game 2-2 in the final minutes to split the points between both teams.

Following this draw, Toronto FC faces a 2-week break from competitions, where they will need to focus heavily on preparing for the next match on June 15 against Chicago Fire without Bernardeschi and Gomis. TFC remains in 6th place in the Eastern Conference with 22 points, still in the fight for Playoff spots in the MLS.