Toronto FC 4, Minnesota United FC 3 | 2019 MLS Match Recap
With seven goals scored in total and three braces scored on the night, it was Jordan Hamilton's that proved to be decisive, as the Toronto FC Homegrown forward notched a late double to cap a wild 4-3 win over Minnesota United at BMO Field on MLS Friday Night on TSN.
Minnesota took the lead in the 17th minute, as Quintero beat Alex Bono to a ball in Toronto's box and tapped it into the open net. It was the Colombian's fourth goal in six games this season.
But Pozuelo scored a quick-fire brace to flip the scoreline for Toronto. His first goal came on an open-field counterattack, as he was afforded space and unleashed a rocket from outside the 18-yard box. Then, two minutes later he slotted in another goal from a low cross to bring his team back into the match.
The Loons didn't give up, and Angelo Rodriguez headed in a cross from Romain Metanire just before the hour mark to make it 2-2. Rodriguez drew a penalty from a Chris Mavinga foul, and Quintero scored from the spot in the 70th minute to put the visitors ahead once more.
The game turned once again when Hamilton entered off the bench for TFC, and he also scored two goals in two minutes, his first career MLS brace, to give the home side a 4-3 lead late.
Pozuelo was hacked down by Minnesota midfielder Jan Gregus, who received a straight red card in the 89th minute, then Francisco Calvo picked up a second yellow card two minutes later to take the Loons down to nine men to finish the game.
- 17' – MIN – Darwin Quintero | WATCH
- 28' – TOR – Alejandro Pozuelo | WATCH
- 30' – TOR – Alejandro Pozuelo | WATCH
- 57' – MIN – Angelo Rodriguez | WATCH
- 70' – MIN – Darwin Quintero (PK) | WATCH
- 77' – TOR – Jordan Hamilton | WATCH
- 79' – TOR – Jordan Hamilton | WATCH
- THE BIG PICTURE: The new normal for Toronto appears to be conceding a lot, but scoring more, and if they can continue to do that, they'll probably be near the top of the standings. Minnesota will be disappointed they gave up a lead twice on the road, but the late meltdown showed they have room for growth yet.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Hamilton's winner was a near-mirror image of the opener, as he battled Michael Boxall to a ball, beat the defender, and punched it in.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Hamilton's brace leads the story of the game, but Pozuelo was most influential, with two goals and the assist on the winner to deliver three points to TFC.