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Altidore Gives Toronto Potentially Playoff-Clinching Win over Union

They will have to wait a little bit longer, but Toronto FC's first ever playoff position is all but official.

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Toronto FC have done their job, now all eyes will turn to Orlando. A 3-1 win for Toronto over the visiting Philadelphia Union means that all that is needed for the reds to clinch their first ever playoff spot today is a draw or a loss from Orlando.

Orlando City take on the Montreal Impact at 7pm tonight. Both teams will have plenty to play for in that match, as a win for the Impact could see them clinch a playoff spot as well, which a loss for Orlando means they miss the playoffs.

At BMO Field, however, Toronto were just focused on taking care of their own business first, which they did from the opening whistle.

Sebastian Giovinco continued his recent run of form by opening the scoring for Toronto FC just 28 minutes into the match. With Toronto earning a freekick outside the area, Giovinco got a helpful deflection from the Union wall as the ball nestled into the bottom corner. Whether it should have been an own goal was debatable, but the Italian was credited with his 21st goal of the season.

Toronto FC continued to press forward as the half neared its conclusion, but were unable to foil the Union. Philly keeper Andre Blake held strong, making some incredible saves to keep his team behind by only one when the halftime whistle blew.

Both teams had little energy to open the second half, with Philadelphia doing a good job of breaking down any Toronto attacks.

Jozy Altidore broke the silence in the 66th minute, however, and widened Toronto's lead to 2-0. After a brilliant cross-field ball from Jackson, Marky Delgado sent a cross into the box that found Altidore. The striker took it down well with his foot before calmly tapping it into the back of the net.

But Philadelphia were not done yet, and just three minutes later they had cut the lead to just one. Mississauga native, but to this point Portuguese international, Steven Vitoria scored a header to give the Union some life.

After the goal they continued forward, coming close on a few other occasions as Toronto desperately tried to hold on to a crucial three point.

They would, adding insult to injury when Philadelphia scored an own goal to increase their lead to 3-1. After a cross from Jonathan Osorio, Philadelphia defender Richie Marquez.