Toronto FC heads to conference final

Toronto FC defeated New York City FC 2-1 on Wednesday night thanks to two goals from Alejandro Pozuelo.

Greg Vanney named the same starting 11 for the second straight game. Omar Gonzalez was on the bench after missing Saturday’s game.

NYCFC had a lengthy break after the final regular season game as they finished first in the conference, which meant they had a bye. Their star striker Héber was left on the bench.

Toronto had more chances in the first half, but failed to capitalize on any as New York goalkeeper Sean Johnson made good saves to keep the score level.

The Reds opened the scoring through Alejandro Pozuelo in the 47th minute. NYCFC defenders made multiple mistakes as they failed to bring the ball down to clear it.

New York tied it in the 69th minute when Ismael Tajouri-Shradi was left unmarked in the box finished off a cross from Maxi Moralez.

Substitute Richie Laryea won a penalty for TFC after he was tackled in the box by defender Ronald Matarrita in the 88th minute.

Pozuelo made his MLS debut against NYCFC in March, and chipped Johnson from the penalty spot for his first goal for the club. He did the same thing on Wednesday, this time when more was on line.

Toronto will face Atlanta United on Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Kick-off is set for 8 p.m.

Featured image from Brad Penner/USA Today Sports.

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