A wild night at RFK stadium that resulted in a player and coach getting tossed out of the match leaves DC without a win at home once again as they split the points with Toronto FC after a 3-3 draw. DC United lost goal keeper Bill Hamid early in the first half after a careless challenge resulted in a collision with TFC player Eric Avila. Being as Hamid was the last man he was immediately sent off with a red card.
Despite being down a man it was DC that found the score sheet first with a long distance strike from Dewayne De Rosario that was able to get by TFC keeper Stefan Frei in the 19th minute. TFC was able to keep some pressure on DC’s side of the field but they went in to halftime with the same score 1-0 DC.
In the second half Toronto FC was able to tie the game quickly with a bizarre play where back up goal keeper Cronin attempted to clear a cross by punching the ball out but it instead bounced off a DC defender leaving the ball like a wrapped present for TFC player Marosevic to put away. DC answered with a goal in the 64th off of a terrible mistake by a TFC defender which De Rosario was able to put away easily.
Five minutes went by when the game really took a turn for the crazy. In the 69th minute TFC was able to tie the game up after a throw in that seemed to catch DC United off guard. DC was in the middle of making a substitution and the rules state that you have to give the player coming on to the field the opportunity to get in to position. That didn’t happen in this situation and DC Head coach Ben Olsen was livid on the sidelines resulting in a red card for him.
In the 86th minute TFC took the lead on a shot that seemed to be a routine save for Cronin but it slipped past him in the net. Two minutes later DC turned up the heat and the pressure paid off with a DC player being taken down in the area resulting in a PK. In the 89th minute Dewayne De Rosario completed the hat trick tucking in that PK low and to the right corner of the goal. A few moments later De Rosaraio had a chance to net his 4th goal and win the game for DC with a 1 on 1 opportunity against the goal keeper that went wide left of the post.
DC United will get an opportunity to finally get a home victory next Saturday against a struggling Vancouver Whitecaps team. Right now DC has 27 points in the 2011 season.
Juan Romero on twitter @elpoderosodc