TFC reach third MLS Cup final

Toronto FC defeated reigning champions Atlanta United 2-1 on Wednesday.

Reds striker Jozy Altidore made the trip to Atlanta, but was not included in the teamsheet. Greg Vanney named the same starting lineup as the two previous playoff games, with Alejandro Pozuelo playing as a false striker.

Toronto found themselves behind early, as Julian Gressel scored into an open net after a pass from midfielder Pity Martinez in the fourth minute.

The visitors looked as if they were going to be down 2-0 a few minutes later when captain Michael Bradley brought down Martinez in the box. Striker Josef Martinez stepped up to take the penalty, but keeper Quentin Westberg guessed the right way and got a strong hand behind the shot.

TFC tied it in the 14th minute through Nicolas Benezet. Benezet took on Gressel and curled his shot which bounced past Brad Guzan.

Toronto absorbed pressure for most of the second half until the 78th minute when substitute Nick DeLeon’s effort created a moment of magic.

Toronto are now unbeaten in 15 straight matches, which begun in mid-August.

They advance to their third MLS Cup final in the past four years. Their opponent are the Seattle Sounders who they are very familiar with, because they went up against them in the 2016 and 2017 finals that took place at BMO Field.

The venue turns to CenturyLink Field in Seattle, and this final is being seen as a winner take all match since the teams split victories in the previous two finals.

The final is on Sunday, November 10.

Kick-off is set for 3 p.m.

Featured image from Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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