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TFC tops Red Bulls to earn first postseason berth

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By SBI SOCCER

The eight year wait is finally over for Toronto FC.

Goals from Herculez Gomez and Sebastian Giovinco led TFC to a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night at BMO Field. The victory locks up the club’s first ever postseason birth in TFC’s eight-year history.

Following a scoreless first half, Gomez kickstarted the second stanza in emphatic fashion by providing a finish in the 51st minute.

Played in by a ball from Jackson, Gomez was the recipient of some luck as the ball caromed off a sliding Ronald Zubar. The TFC pounced, slipping a shot past Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles to give Toronto FC the 1-0 lead.

Giovinco, who had just returned from a stint with the Italian national team, provided what would be the game-winner in the 78th minute.

Receiving the ball in the midfield, Giovinco slalomed past four Red Bulls defenders while driving in on goal. Finding his way to the left side of the box, Giovinco fired to the far post to lock up the three points.

Shaun Wright-Phillips’ 86th minute finish proved little more than a consolation for the Red Bulls, even if it wasn’t TFC’s most disappointing moment of the evening.

Listed among the substitutes after featuring for the U.S. Men’s National Team Tuesday, Jozy Altidore was issued a straight red card from the bench in the 34th minute for foul and abusive language towards the referee.

Still, it was not enough to deter TFC from clinching the club’s first ever playoff berth. Meanwhile, the Red Bulls’ Supporters’ Shield campaign takes a dent with the loss, which opened the door for FC Dallas, LA Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps to reenter the race.

With the win, TFC will look to secure more favorable postseason positioning starting Saturday against the Columbus Crew. The Red Bulls, meanwhile, play host to the Philadelphia Union one day later.

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  1. Many TFC supporters were puzzled why Herculez Gomez was brought in after getting overlooked game after game by Vanney. I think last night showed that he was intended for a specific role in a specific situation and he made it work. A tremendous asset to have, especially going into the playoffs.

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  2. Great game. So happy for TFC to get that monkey off their back. They have been such a great addition to the league and helped usher in a new era in MLS. Its nice to see them finally do this rather than fail time and again. funny how Herc factored into them clinching their first playoff considering he was a one man wrecking crew in ending their CCL hopes a few years ago.

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    • The article clearly says “Listed amongst the substitutes”! I’m sorry but at what point do we do away with Jozy, if nothing more than to teach him that respecting g e game means something?? This is the second time I’ve seen him red carded for abusing a match official(the other was with the Nats), he seems to always be out of shape and has been as of late consistently injured due to his being out of shape. And see this is my problem with the Nats manager because he talks about the importance of form, attitude and playing in Europe but clearly that only applies to certain players

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  3. Sebastian Giovinco is absolutely amazing. How is he playing for TFC and not Manchester United or Barcelona or Bayern Munich? The guy flies back to show he’s loyalty to the team after playing with the National team, comes off the bench and score the goal that made the difference and a phenomenal goal at that. With 22 goals 15 assists the guy is a one man wrecking crew.

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    • Such a huge addition to the league. Comes in his prime, a wonderful player, super fun to watch, aggressive, works hard…. no big time attitude in the least it seems. MLS needs more of him. I suspect his time here will be short. If he goes to a big club, his time will have been well spent for himself and MLS and will encourage others to take the leap. Meantime- I look forward to watching him more with his season extended.

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    • and yet some people harp on Benny Feilhaber supposed past attitude issues as reasons for not being called in….Jozy had to be sent home for his attitude by Klinsmann a few years ago and also due to fitness issues but yet continues to get called in. I hate going in on JK but some times you have to call a spade a spade especially when it hurts the progress of the USMNT

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    • Horrible. What else can you say? Guy is anonymous for the national team and gets a red card while riding the pine for his club team.

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