The Drought Is Over: Toronto in playoffs with win over Red Bulls

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

TORONTO – Toronto FC made history Wednesday night at the expense of the New York Red Bulls.

Giovinco put Toronto up 2-0, netting the eventual game winner in a 2-1 victory over New York. The win pushes Toronto FC to their first playoff berth in franchise history.

Herculez Gomez opened the scoring for the home side before Giovinco doubled Toronto’s lead. Shaun Wright-Phillips cut the lead in half. However, New York failed to carry the momentum of his goal, taking a loss into their final home game of the regular season.

While Toronto clinched their playoff spot, New York failed to garner the single point needed to officially take the Eastern Conference crown, making Sunday’s encounter against the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena a more significant fixture for both their conference and Supporters’ Shield hopes.

A physical first half was marked more by flared tempers than goal scoring opportunities. Damien Perquis left the match in the 44th minute after a collision with Gonzalo Veron. He was replaced by Ahmed Kantari. Meanwhile, Jozy Altidore, who did not earn the start against New York, saw a red card for abusive language against the fourth official from the bench.

A listless first half made way for a consequential second, where Toronto scored two goals following defensive lapses in the Red Bulls end. Ronald Zubar was victimized in both occasions.

In the 51st minute, a speedy Jackson cut his way down the left flank, sending a dangerous cross into the Red Bulls area. Zubar had a beat on the ball, but lost his footing, allowing Gomez to snatch the open ball, lofting a shot past Luis Robles for the early lead.

Giovinco nailed the insurance goal in the 78th minute, cutting past two Red Bull defenders before rounding a bewildered Zubar and slotting his shot past Robles. Benoit Cheyrou nearly made in 3-0 six minutes later, but a diving Robles kept New York in the match.

Shaun Wright-Phillips entered the match in the 62nd minute for an ineffectual Mike Grella. He helped cut the lead in half in the 85th minute, slamming home a short angle blast to the bottom left corner past Chris Konopka to keep New York in this one. Even with six minutes added in extra time, New York could not muster another opportunity, falling to their northern rivals at BMO Field.

New York take on the Philadelphia Union this Sunday at Red Bull Arena in the club’s final regular season encounter.


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  • Giovinco is the class of the mls. No one can touch him.

  • Maso

    What did Altidore say to get carded? Under the rules I take it that a red card to a player on the bench doesn’t lead to taking a player off the field?

  • William

    I see getting ready for their typical playoff swoooooon

  • Factoid boy

    What would have been the score had Bradley and Altidore played, and a full time Super Giovinco?

    • slowleftarm

      Depends. They all played at RBA in August and it was 3-0 RBNY.

      • William

        I don’t think so bitch.


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