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Luciano Emilio snapped his seven-game scoreless streak with a game-winner as D.C. United ended a four-game losing streak with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Toronto FC last night at RFK Stadium.
Emilio, who last season led MLS with 20 goals, scored the game-winner in 72nd minute — his first since Toronto last visited the District on April 5. Toronto goalie Greg Sutton stopped a blistering shot by Santino Quaranta, and Emilio fired home the rebound.
“We came out of a ditch, and it’s good we got a win,” Emilio said. “Everyone’s morale is up now.”
Coach Tom Soehn was pleased with the win as United tries to recover from the worst start in franchise history.
“We’re looking for something to go our way, and nothing has been easy this year — not even today,” Soehn said. “But the guys were resilient, and I credit them for their fight and belief.”
Club president Kevin Payne said: “It was a dominating performance with two lapses. If we continue like that, we will do all right.”
Danny Dichio scored both goals for Toronto FC (4-3-2, 14 points), including the first of the game in the 13th minute. Dichio rose above Peralta to head home a cross by Jim Brennan.
Moreno and Marcelo Gallardo both had good shots stopped by Sutton in the first half.
During extra time in the first half, Dichio scored again, beating goalie Zach Wells from 20 yards out. It was the Englishman’s third goal against United in four games.
In the second half, Gallardo nearly tied the game in the 54th minute, but his free kick hit the bar. In the 70th minute, Quaranta was pushed off the ball inside the box, drawing a penalty.
Moreno converted the kick, his fourth goal of the season and 116th of his career.
“I just wanted to be more dangerous,” Quaranta said. “That’s what I do best when I run at guys and cause havoc.”
Two minutes later came Emilio’s game-winner.
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