Toronto FC tie MLS record for most points in a season

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 30: Jozy Altidore
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 30: Jozy Altidore /

The Montreal Impact entered Sunday, having lost seven of their last eight games. Toronto FC took full advantage and moved one step closer to the greatest ever MLS regular season.

The Canadian Classique was played in front of over 27,000 fans at BMO Field. Toronto FC fed off of the momentum early on, as Marky Delgado received a pass at the edge of the box and ripped his shot off the post.

Jozy Altidore may have had a hard time with the United States National Team during the international break, but he found a way to push past that in this fixture. Fellow American Michael Bradley cycled the ball towards Delgado who eventually sent in Altidore, to calmly send the ball past Evan Bush in the 16th minute.

Impact forward Matteo Mancosu would be given an absolute gift of a change just four minutes later. A bouncing ball from Bush sent in Mancosu, who wasted his glorious chance by shooting it right at Alex Bono.

Right before halftime, Sebastian Giovinco worked his way into the box and eventually drew a penalty. Shockingly, his penalty take went off the post and out to end the opening frame.

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Victor Cabrera sent a shot at goal to start the second half, which hit both posts. Mancosu was lurking around but failed to get a touch on it, as Bono snatched it away to preserve Toronto’s lead.

In the 64th minute, Altidore squared a ball for Giovinco who hit it first-time, but sent it over the bar. Not Giovinco’s best performance in this game.

To add to Montreal’s frustration, Mancosu would take another direct shot on Bono, only for the goalie to turn it away.

Final: Toronto FC 1-0 Montreal Impact

What a contest this turned out to be. The “401 Derby” has to be considered among the most intense the MLS has to offer.

More importantly, the Reds were able to secure the crucial three points to tie the MLS record for most in a season. It’s all down to next Sunday, as Toronto travels to a tough Atlanta Untied opponent in what should be the game of the season. Two of the best going at it with history on the line; it can’t get much better than that.

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