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
Each team had the lead twice in the match, but while Darwin Quintero carried the flag for Minnesota, Alejandro Pozuelo kickstarted the comeback for TFC before Hamilton finished it.
Minnesota took the lead In the 17th minute, Alex Bono beat Quintero 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 1
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 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 loans 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 a lot, but scoring more, and if they can continue to do, 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 assistant on the winner to deliver three points to TFC
- TOR: Saturday, April 27 vs. Portland Timbers (3 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN + in US; TSN, CTV in Canada)
- MIN: Wednesday, April 24 vs. LA Galaxy (7 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN + in US; DAZN in Canada)