This year’s decision day was a wild one! Every team faced off for one last regular season match. Seeding was settled, final spots were filled, and records were set. Here is how the last week wrapped up.
This was the most important match for Toronto FC fans as Toronto will play D.C. in the first round of the playoffs. This match was a doozy. Before the end of the first half, D.C. United would have a two-man advantage. FC Cincinnati were in dead last place, so, they didn’t have anything to lose when Joe Gyau (41’) and Roland Lamah (44’) were shown red cards.
United had a perfect set up, up two players at Audi Field. While Wayne Rooney was absent from the lineup due to excessive yellow cards, they should’ve have had a field day against this struggling FC Cincinnati squad. They failed miserably.
Highlights from tonight. See ya in 2020. pic.twitter.com/mvQZ2niJPV— FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) October 6, 2019
The 0-0 final should excite Toronto FC fans, but be cautious: Wayne Rooney will be back for the playoffs and it’s his last chance at a win before heading back to England. Will he fight hard or hang up the boots and head home? I guess we will see.
D.C. and Toronto finished the season tied for fourth place, but Toronto comes out on top thanks to goal differential. It’s going to be a fun playoff match up.
If Toronto FC come out on top against D.C. United, they’ll face the first-place NYCFC who had another good weekend.
NYCFC could be who we see next if we are able to get past DC United at BMO Field on Oct. 19. New York opened up the match with a quick goal from Ronald Matarrita at 7’tand rhey’d find their second goal quickly afterwards, thanks to Ismael Tajouri at the 22’.
The Philadelphia Union, meanwhile, who quickly moved up the standings and proved themselves to the rest of the league this season finally got on the board with a penalty shot from Marco Fabian at the 87’. They’ll face the NY Red Bulls at home in the first round.
This match was a first round preview.
These two teams will face off against each other again on October 19. Atlanta United came out strong, scoring a goal within the first three minutes. The New England Revolution’s Cristian Penilla quickly responded with a goal at the 8’. New England wouldn’t find the net again, but Atlanta did from Josef Martinez (49’) and Julian Gressel (57’). Whoever wins round two of this match will face the winner of the Philadelphia vs NY Red Bulls match.
An unforgettable night in Atlanta.— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) October 7, 2019
The highlights vs New England. pic.twitter.com/NicjxC2isa
A Look at the West
These matches don’t matter too much to Toronto FC unless they make it to the final. I’ll quickly fill you in on what happened here. Carlos Vela of LAFC broke the MLS scoring record while the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas secured the last playoff spots in the conference. FC Dallas fought hard for that final spot, beating Sporting KC 6-0.
First Round Matches
Here’s how round one will go: