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TFC score four extra time goals to eliminate D.C. United from playoffs

Toronto FC set an MLS record as they scored the most goals in extra time during playoffs with four, and won the game 5-1.

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Toronto FC set an MLS record as they scored the most goals in extra time during playoffs with four, and won the game 5-1.

D.C. came to BMO Field in what was Wayne Rooney’s last game in MLS. Rooney and co. left with a less than desirable result.

The Reds were without striker Jozy Altidore and defender Omar Gonzalez. Altidore suffered a quad injury on October 6, while Gonzalez dealt with a hamstring injury.

Laurent Ciman started in place of Gonzalez in the back four, and Alejandro Pozuelo played the role of striker with five other midfielders playing in the attack.

TFC opened the scoring in the 32nd minute through Marky Delgado. Bill Hamid parried Pozuelo’s shot, and Delgado was there on the doorstep to tap it in.

Toronto was bailed out by goalkeeper Quentin Westberg multiple times in the second half as he did his part to preserve his team’s lead.

D.C. tied it in second half stoppage time with a goal from Lucas Rodriguez. Wayne Rooney’s corner was headed on by Frédéric Brillant and the ball found its way to the back post for Rodriguez to score.

Extra time was needed, and TFC wasted no time to regain the lead. Substitute Richie Laryea who was fresh off a midweek win for Canada at BMO, made it 2-1 in the 93rd minute.

Michael Bradley spun away from his man and sent a pass to another substitute in Nick DeLeon who played a through ball to Laryea which he shot near-side past Hamid.

Toronto scored just two minutes later when Jonathan Osorio bundled the ball in after a scramble in the box.

Osorio added another in the 103rd minute to make it 4-1.

He is the second TFC player to have a multi-goal performance in a playoff game. The first player to score multiple goals in a playoff game for Toronto FC was Sebastian Giovinco in 2016 in leg 2 of the conference semi-finals against NYCFC.

Nick DeLeon spent seven seasons with D.C., and scored for the second time against his former club this season.

With the new MLS playoff format, the Reds will not host another playoff game this season.

Toronto FC will travel to the Big Apple to play NYCFC at Citi Field on Wednesday night.

Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.


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Toronto FC re-sign Bradley to new deal

TFC captain Michael Bradley signed onto a three-year TAM deal on Thursday.

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TFC captain Michael Bradley signed onto a three-year TAM deal on Thursday.

Bradley joined the club in 2014 as a designated player, he signed a six-year deal worth $39 million USD. The club have now signed him on a targeted allocation money deal, which will see him earn around $1.5 million per season for the next three years.

“I feel so attached to the city of Toronto, the club, the team. I love it here and I am really proud of what we’ve been able to do over the past six years,” Bradley said during the press conference.

In Bradley’s six seasons with TFC, he has led the club to three Canadian Championships, three Eastern Conference Championships, one Supporters’ Shield and one MLS Cup. He was an integral part in the 2017 side that won the treble.

Bradley made his 200th appearance for the Reds in the 2019 MLS Cup in November, he joined Justin Morrow and Jonathan Osorio in the 200 club.

He has scored 13 goals and contributed 28 assists across all competitions since he was signed.

Bradley signing on TAM means he will no longer take up a designated player spot. Each MLS club is allowed to have up to three designated players, and two of three TFC’s slots are taken up by striker Jozy Altidore and midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo.

The organization has made it clear this offseason that they want to sign a striker as a designated player to help Altidore with goalscoring capabilities.

TFC begin their season on February 29 in California against the San Jose Earthquakes.


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Raptors snap losing streak with win in Chicago

The Toronto Raptors ended a three-game winless streak on Monday when they defeated the Chicago Bulls 93-92.

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The Toronto Raptors ended a three-game winless streak on Monday when they defeated the Chicago Bulls 93-92.

Illinois native Fred VanVleet did not play because of a right knee injury he sustained on Sunday against Philadelphia.

Pascal Siakam led Raptors scorers with 22 points. Norman Powell had 17. Kyle Lowry had 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. OG Anunoby scored 10.

Marc Gasol scored nine points and had nine rebounds. Serge Ibaka recorded a double-double off the bench with 11 points and 14 boards.

Zach Lavine scored all of his 20 points in the first half, he added 11 rebounds onto his stat-sheet. Wendell Carter Jr. and Daniel Gafford scored 14 points each.

Lauri Markkanen and Denzel Valentine scored 13 apiece. Tomas Satoransky recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists.

Anunoby did a number of things throughout the game on both ends of the floor.

Gasol recorded four blocks, including this one that helped his team preserve the lead.

The Raptors return home to Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday to host Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.


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Strong first half pushes Raptors to beat Jazz

The Toronto Raptors began December with a 130-110 win against the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

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The Toronto Raptors began December with a 130-110 win against the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

The Raptors scored a season-best 77 points in the first half. They were up a franchise-best 40 points at halftime. They also allowed a season-worst with the most points conceded in one quarter when Utah scored 49 in the third.

Pascal Siakam had 35 points in 35 minutes, along with five assists and five rebounds. Fred VanVleet recorded a double-double with 21 points and 11 assists. Norman Powell scored 15.

Serge Ibaka returned from injury after missing just over three weeks of action, he scored 13 points. Terence Davis had 13 points as well. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and OG Anunoby scored 10 points apiece.

Mike Conley led the Jazz with 20 points, Jeff Green scored 19 points in 15 minutes off the bench.

Donovan Mitchell had 16 points, and Rudy Gobert recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 11.

Here are some of the Raptors highlights of the night:

Head coach Nick Nurse was named the eastern conference coach of the month on Tuesday. This award was given to him for the games played in October and November, as he coached the Raptors to a current record of 14-4.

The Raptors host the Miami Heat at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday.

Tip-off is set for 7:30.


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