TORONTO, Ont. — In what would’ve been a fitting way Saturday night, Toronto FC officially clinched a playoff berth in the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.
The Reds overcame a busy September stretch to extend their MLS-unbeaten run to eight games despite a late-Mavinga penalty that cost Toronto the full three points over the first-place LAFC at Banc of California Stadium — a statement game for the Reds, who have been one of the hottest teams in the league of late.
Despite Toronto having to settle for a 1-1 draw thanks to a late Carlos Vela penalty, the Reds still clinched a spot in the post-season thanks to a Montreal Impact loss across town to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s LA Galaxy.
Tsubasa Endoh scored the lone goal for Toronto in the 19th minute after impressive build-up play by the Reds, who played arguably their best half of the season in the opening 45’.
The Reds currently sit in fourth place with 46 points, one ahead of DC United who play their game-in-hand tomorrow. TFC has two games remaining: at Chicago Fire on Sept. 29 and Columbus at home on Oct. 10 to close out the regular-season.
TFC will now shift their focus to the Voyageurs Cup, as they’re down 1-0 to the Impact heading into the final leg of the Canadian Championship at BMO Field Wednesday night.
What a season this is turning out to be for the Reds. Enjoy the ride.