NYCFC upsets Toronto FC 3-1, advances to MLS quarterfinals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jesús Medina scored in the fifth minute, Valentín Castellanos doubled the lead early in the second half and Maxi Moralez provided the clinching goal late as New York City FC beat Toronto FC 3-1 on Sunday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the MLS is Back tournament.

NYCFC was the last team to qualify for the knockout round of the tournament thanks to Houston’s draw against the LA Galaxy in the next-to-last match of the group stage.

NYCFC had just two goals all season and started with four straight losses before beating Inter Miami in the final group stage game.

They doubled that goal total in less than an hour against Toronto and got a bit of revenge for losing to the Reds in last year’s MLS Cup playoffs.

But Akinola missed Sunday’s match with tightness in his hamstring and Toronto’s attack only challenged NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson on rare occasions.

Toronto’s Patrick Mullins scored in the 87th minute off an assist from Jozy Altidore, but it was just the Reds second shot on goal in the match.

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