TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 11: Terry Dunfield #23 of Toronto FC celebrates his game winning goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps during MLS action at the BMO Field July 11, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
It looked like Darren Mattocks had earned Vancouver a draw in Toronto, but Terry Dunfield scored just before the full time whistle to deliver the Reds a 3-2 win.
When Darren Mattocks jumped 492 feet* in the air to head home the equalizer for Toronto FC in stoppage time it looked like he had earned his team a point, but Terry Dunfield had other ideas. The defender managed to get on the end of a Torsten Frings corner kick right at the death and head home the winner to deliver the Reds a thrilling 3-2 home win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday.
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As fun as the match was at the end, it wasn't nearly as much fun in the early going. It took until the second half before the scoreboard was finally put to work by Mattocks, who scored in the 50th minute to give the Whitecaps a lead. Luis Silva and Frings each netted goals in a five-minute span, though, turning Toronto's one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead with under 20 minutes to play.
That scoreline held until stoppage time and that is when things got nutty. Just after the fourth referee held up the board indicating stoppage time, Jordan Harvey hit a long, hopeful ball into the box. It was one that Logan Emory could have headed away or Milos Kocic could have punched, or at least could have if Mattocks did not submit his candidacy for the high jump at this summer's Olympics. The Vancouver striker jumped impossibly high to get to the ball and head it into the open goal.
But just when it looked like the match would finish in a draw and Mattocks would get all of the plaudits for his amazing goal, Dunfield earned his team all three points. He got just enough room on a corner kick and got a good header away, beating Joe Cannon. Moments later the referee whistled for full time and Dunfield had stolen hero status from Mattocks.