October 26, 2016
Reds, Galaxy advance to semifinals
TORONTO FC 3, PHILADELPHIA UNION 1
|Jonathan Osorio netted the game-winner in Toronto FC's 3-1 knockout round win over Philadelphia on Wednesday.
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TORONTO--Toronto FC hosted a playoff game for the first time ever on Wednesday, and made it count with a 3-1 knockout round win over the Philadelphia Union at BMO Field.
The Reds will face second-seeded New York City FC in the Eastern Conference semifinals beginning Sunday in Toronto.
Sebastian Giovinco, Jonathan Osorio and Jozy Altidore handled the scoring for Toronto, while Alejandro Bedoya gave Philadelphia a glimmer of hope with a second-half strike.
All three Toronto goals benefitted from Philadelphia defensive lapses. In the 16th minute, defender Ken Tribbett kicked the ball behind him, goalkeeper Andre Blake came too far out of the box and Giovinco pounced to strike.
Jonathan Osorio was the next to benefit, in the 48th minute. Osorio was left unmarked inside the six-yard box when Giovinco's corner kick deflected off the off-balance Hagglund.
Bedoya cut Toronto's lead in half in the 73rd minute when he scored off a rebound. Actually, the ball was headed by three different Union players, bounced off Chris Pontius and then Bedoya knocked it into the goal.
A mistake by Tribbett led to the third Toronto FC goal as the ball caromed off his body, directly to Altidore, who easily restored Toronto's two-goal advantage in the 85th minute.
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LA GALAXY 3, REAL SALT LAKE 1
CARSON, Calif.--Alan Gordon played a role in all three goals as the LA Galaxy won their Wednesday night knockout round match against Real Salt Lake 3-1 at the StubHub Center.
Gordon opened the scoring in the 14th minute, then set up both of Emmanuel Boateng's game-clinching goals, in the 26th and 34th minutes.
The win sends the third-seeded Galaxy through to the Western Conference semifinals against #2 Colorado, starting Sunday at the StubHub Center.
Gordon's ice-breaker was a leaping left-footed volley into a net vacated by out-of-position netminder Nick Rimando. Landon Donovan started the play with a square pass from deep on the left side that Gio dos Santos headed across to Gordon.
Joao Plata leveled the score for RSL with a 21st-minute penalty kick after Boateng was ruled to have dragged down Javier Morales inside the penalty area.
Boateng atoned for the error five minutes later, dribbling through three RSL defenders on his way into the box, then slotting a low shot past Rimando. In the 34th minute, the speedy Ghanaian blew past RSL's Demar Phillips to add the insurance goal.
Kyle Beckerman had RSL's last best chance to close the gap, but put his open header off the bar in the 85th minute.