The game in 100 words (or less): Toronto FC clinched the first postseason berth in franchise history tonight with a 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls in front of a home crowd at BMO Field. All Toronto needed was one point, but they took all three thanks to Herculez Gomez’s first goal of the season and Sebastian Giovinco’s 22nd. Things didn’t start well for TFC as Jozy Altidore was shown a red card from the bench, and then Ahmed Kantari was forced off with an injury. But a strong second half has moved Toronto up to second in the East and into the playoffs.
Three moments that mattered
34′ — Jozy Altidore sent off from the bench — Jozy Altidore’s week went from bad to worse when he was sent off despite not even being in the match. After struggling in the USMNT’s two matches, Altidore was on the bench for TFC and must have said something wrong, as referee Fotis Bazakos sent Jozy to an early shower for abusive language.
51′ — Herculez Gomez scores his first TFC goal — Herculez Gomez hadn’t scored a goal in MLS since 2008, but scored a big one tonight as it clinched a playoff berth for Toronto. Gomez did well to control a cross from Jackson, before poking it home to give TFC a lead.
78′ — Sebastian Giovinco scores absolute beauty — Giovinco continued his MVP season with a ridiculous individual effort after less than ten minutes on the field. Giovinco came off the bench and immediately wrapped up the game, cutting past multiple Red Bulls defenders before firing a left-footed shot into the side netting.
Man of the match: Sebastian Giovinco
Goalscorers: Gomez (51′), Giovinco (78′), S. Wright-Phillips (86′)