TORONTO (AP) – Terry Dunfield scored in stoppage time to give Toronto FC a 3-2 win over Vancouver on Wednesday night after a goalkeeping gaffe by Toronto seemed to give the Whitecaps a gift tie.
At the end of 90 minutes, Milos Kocic tried to punch away a high cross with one hand and missed it, leaving Darren Mattocks a clear header that sent the ball looping into the goal.
But Dunfield, a former Whitecaps player, rose and headed in the winning goal off a corner with just seconds left.
Until then, it seemed as if goals by Torsten Frings and rookie Luis Silva three minutes apart in the second half would give Toronto FC a 2-1 win.
Frings' go-ahead goal came in the 72nd minute. Goalkeeper Joe Cannon hit the turf after punching away an Eric Avila cross. The ball came to Frings and the former German international hammered home a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box.
Silva, who was influential all game, made it 1-1 in the 69th minute with his first MLS goal. And it was a thing of a beauty as he stuck out a foot to deflect in Ashtone Morgan's cross.
Vancouver defender Lee Young-Pyo had a glorious chance to tie the game in the 85th minute but his shot rattled the right post.
Vancouver (8-5-6) had opened the scoring in the 50th minute after midfielder Barry Robson carved open the Toronto defense with a through ball to Mattocks, who seemed to have butchered the chance when his scuffed shot was stopped by Kocic as a nearby defender went flying.
But the ball bounced back to the rookie striker and Mattocks moved toward the line and slotted the ball into the empty net from a tight angle.