Toronto FC knocked out of MLS playoffs with shutout loss to Orlando City

Toronto FC were knocked out of the MLS playoffs with a whimper on Saturday, outclassed in a lopsided 4-0 loss to Orlando City.

Facundo Torres and Ercan Kara gave Orlando a 2-0 lead midway through the first half. A Toronto own goal by Lukas MacNaughton made it 3-0 early in the second half before Canadian Tesho Akindele put salt in the wound with an 84th-minute bench goal as the Toronto’s defense was open again.

Toronto (9-16-7) entered the game knowing a loss at Exploria Stadium would knock it out of the playoffs, with a tie also ending postseason hopes based on results elsewhere.

Toronto also missed the playoffs in 2021 when the club finished 26th in the then 27-team league with a 6-18-10 record. TFC finished second overall in the league in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season at 13-5-5, but were ousted by Nashville in the first round of the 2020 playoffs.

Before that, Toronto reached the MLS Cup final in 2016, 2017 and 2019, winning the title against Seattle in 2017.

But the club’s glory days are far behind with manager Bob Bradley, who took over last November, overseeing a roster overhaul that is set to continue off-season.

TFC’s elimination from the playoffs is bad news for Canadian coach John Herdman, given that it means defenders Richie Laryea and Doneil Henry and midfielders Jonathan Osorio and Mark-Anthony Kaye will be inactive at the league level. clubs after the regular season finale on October 9. will begin on November 20 in Qatar.

WATCH | Toronto FC officially eliminated from the playoffs:

Toronto FC shutout in Orlando, officially eliminated from the playoffs

Orlando City beat Toronto FC 4-0 on Saturday night and with that loss Toronto will miss out on the MLS playoffs.

Laryea, Osorio and Kaye are heading to Europe to join Canada for exhibition matches against Qatar and Uruguay in the next FIFA international window. Henry is nursing a hamstring problem.

Toronto, which ends the season at home to Inter Miami on September 30 and away to Philadelphia on October 9, entered the weekend game 13th in the Eastern Conference, six spots and seven points. below the playoff line.

Orlando (13-12-6) started the day fifth in the East. The shutout was his ninth of the season, setting a club single-season record.

CF Montreal keeps hopes of first place

Alistair Johnston scored his fourth goal of the season on a stunning 72nd-minute counterattack to lift CF Montreal to a 1-0 victory at the New England Revolution on Saturday night.

Djordje Mihailovic and Romell Quioto both assisted on the block, which ended with a goal that sent Montreal to their sixth straight road win and keeps their hopes of finishing atop the Eastern Conference and winning. a pass in the first round.

Montreal (18-9-5, 59 points) is guaranteed to finish at least second and is now five points behind Eastern leaders Philadelphia, with both teams having two games to play. The top finisher in each conference receives a first-round bye in the 14-team MLS Cup playoffs.

WATCH | Johnston raises CF Montreal on Revolution:

CF Montreal closes the Revolution

CF Montreal defeated the New England Revolution 1-0 on Saturday night in MLS.

With New England (9-12-11, 38 points) entering the game with their playoff hopes, the Revolution were outscored 18-10 overall, though they tied Montreal in efforts on target and forced Sebastian Breza three stops.

The 2021 Supporters’ Shield winners started the night 10th in the East, three points behind seventh-placed Columbus, who now has two games in hand heading into tomorrow’s home game against Portland.

New England have lost three in a row for the first time since a four-game losing streak in late March and early April.

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