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Toronto FC Outlast Impact to Win Season Series

A packed BMO witnessed a crucial victory for Toronto FC on Saturday, as the Reds outlasted the Impact to earn a big home win.

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Toronto FC took a major step closer to a playoff berth today with a crucial 2-1 home win over rival Montreal Impact. Toronto stepped up to the plate in the biggest 401 derby match yet and clinched the season series with their rival.

Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore scored on either side of halftime to secure the victory. Jonathan Osorio turned provider as the first goal came off his setup and the second his rebound.

An interception from Osorio in the first half resulted in a counterattack, with he ball ultimately ending up his foot again. He slid a perfect cross in to Bradley who found the back of the net.

Bradley returned the favour when he found Osorio in the second half. The Canadian hit a half volley off the corner of the crossbar and the post before Altidore got the rebound. It was the DPs 10th goal of the season.

Ex- Toronto FC forward Dominic Odruo had the lone goal for the Impact late in the second half. It was a calm finish after the striker missed several other chances.

The Impact's comeback hopes were cut short however, after Laurent Ciman was issued a second yellow card. Down to 10 men Montreal had little in the way of an attack.

Chris Konopka was full value in goal making some key saves on the occasions that his backline wavered. The win certainly solidified his position as starter.

He also got some help from his opponents, as Montreal's finishing was poor on the day. They missed several chances to take the lead early in the first half.

The victory ties Toronto's season record for most home wins, with 7 and there were certainly plenty of eyes to witness. The game was a sellout for the first time since Toronto's home opener against Houston.

Toronto will not escape the game unscathed, however. Benoit Cheyrou and Sebastian Giovinco were both substituted due to injury. Meanwhile, a first half challenge from Collen Warner will likely warrant at least a look from the league disciplinary committee.

This could certainly make Toronto's task difficult for next week, when they  visit Seattle. Getting a result will already be difficult as the Sounders are on the playoff bubble and hungry for 3 points.

The win improves Toronto's record to 11-4-10 on the season, one point behind Columbus for third place in the Eastern Conference.