Red Bulls Defeat Toronto, 2-1; Clinch 6th Seed in East
The New York Red Bulls (9-9-5, 32 pts) defeated Toronto FC (13-5-5, 44 pts), 2-1, and clinched the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference on Decision Day, presented by AT&T at Red Bull Arena.
With Sunday's win over Toronto and a Philadelphia win over New England, the Red Bulls secured the No. 6 seed in the East and will face the No. 3 seed Columbus in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Round One.
Following a Florian Valot corner kick, Brian White back-heeled the ball towards net for Tom Barlow to head in the game's first goal in the 24th minute.
Minutes later, Sean Davis lofted a pass into the 18-yard box for Kyle Duncan to head towards net. White came crashing in for the tap in to double the lead, 2-0, in the 26th minute.
Toronto cut the deficit to one, 2-1 with a Tsubasa Endoh tally after an initial Ryan Meara save in the 50th minute.
White scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season and 15th career MLS regular-season goal. The Flemington, New Jersey, native has tallied goals in back-to-back matches and four of the last five games.
Barlow recorded his third goal of 2020 and sixth career MLS regular-season goal.
Davis and Duncan each recorded an assist on White's game-winning goal. Davis became the 15th different Red Bulls player to tally an assist this season.
Yonkers native Ryan Meara recorded four saves on five chances to tally his fifth win of the season and 16th career MLS regular-season win in net.
Defender Aaron Long recorded his 100th career MLS regular-season start.
The Red Bulls continued to have the best home record in MLS, with the most wins (112) and points (371). New York ended the regular-season with a three-match unbeaten streak at Red Bull Arena (2-0-1).
New York scored first for the 12th time this season to improve their record to 8-1-3 after tallying the match's first goal.
The Red Bulls improved to 11-6-4 in regular-season play following a loss since the start of 2019. New York responded with their ninth multi-goal performance following a loss.
New York finished the regular-season with an overall mark of 9-9-5, 5-4-1 at Red Bull Arena and 3-3-4 road record.
New York Red Bulls 2, Toronto FC 1
2020 MLS Regular-Season Match 23
Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 3:30 p.m. ET
Red Bull Arena | Harrison, N.J.
NY - Tom Barlow 3 (unassisted) 24'
NY - Brian White 5 (Duncan, Davis) 26'
TOR - Tsubasa Endoh (unassisted) 50'
NY - Dru Yearwood (yellow, persistent infringement) 15'
TOR - Chris Mavinga (yellow, unsporting behavior) 22'
NY - Jared Stroud (yellow, unsporting behavior) 32'
NY - Ryan Meara (yellow, time wasting) 85'
TOR - Jayden Nelson (yellow, unsporting behavior) 90'+4'
New York Red Bulls: Ryan Meara; Kyle Duncan, Aaron Long, Tim Parker, Sean Davis ©, Jason Pendant, Dru Yearwood (Mandela Egbo, 80'), Jared Stroud (Cristian Casseres, Jr., 63'), Florian Valot (Caden Clark, 90'+1'), Brian White (Daniel Royer, 63'), Tom Barlow (Amro Tarek, 80')
Unused Subs: David Jensen, Marc Rzatkowski, Kaku, Samuel Tetteh
TOTAL SHOTS: 8; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 16; OFFSIDE: 5; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 4
Toronto FC: Quentin Westberg; Auro, Chris Mavinga, Omar Gonzalez, Richie Laryea (Tony Gallacher, 41'), Alejandro Pozuelo, Jonathan Osorio (Ralph Priso-Mbonque, HT), Michael Bradley, Nick DeLeon (Jayden Nelson, 76'), Tsubasa Endoh (Jozy Altidore, 58'), Ayo Akinola
Unused Subs: Kevin Silva; Eriq Zavaleta, Laurent Ciman, Liam Fraser, Patrick Mullins
TOTAL SHOTS: 14; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 9; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 4
Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistant Referees: Eric Weisbrod, Ian McKay
4th Official: Luis Arroyo
VAR: Daniel Radford
Attendance: Closed-door match
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