Friday, February 22, 2019 | ePaper
MLS Cup champs Toronto out of playoff contention with loss
AFP, Los Angeles :
Toronto FC defender Auro (96) battles for the ball against Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Brek Shea (20) during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Toronto, on Saturday.
Reigning Major League Soccer Cup champions Toronto FC were eliminated from playoff contention Saturday with a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps, who kept their own post-season hopes alive.
Russell Teibert and Kei Kamara scored for Vancouver, Teibert putting the Whitecaps up in the fourth minute and Kamara grabbing the game-winner in the 78th.
Toronto had been reduced to 10 men when Gregory van der Wiel was sent off for his second yellow card before Jozy Altidore gave them a ray of hope, converting a penalty in the 73rd after a sliding Doneil Henry handled a cross from Jay Chapman.
But Kamara answered, seizing a cross from Jordon Mutch and slotting in his 14th goal of the season.
Toronto's failure to make the playoffs follows a spectacular 2017 campaign, when their 69 points were a league record as they claimed the Supporters Shield as the team topping the MLS regular-season standings and the MLS Cup playoff crown.
In other matches, the Philadelphia Union clinched a playoff berth with a 5-1 home victory over Minnesota.