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Oct 12, 2014 at 12am UK at ​Red Bull Arena
NY Red BullsNew York Red Bulls
3-1
Toronto
Wright-Phillips (26'), Bover (35'), McCarty (44')
Eckersley (15'), Alexander (78'), Olave (94')
FT(HT: 3-0)
Osorio (55')
Creavalle (33'), Bradley (89')
Hagglund (86')

Result: New York Red Bulls home in on MLS playoffs

New York Red Bulls take a giant leap toward the MLS playoffs with a comfortable 3-1 home win over Toronto.

New York Red Bulls have taken a giant step toward qualifying for the MLS playoffs by beating Toronto 3-1 at the New York Arena this morning.

First-half goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips, Ruben Bover and Dax McCarty effectively sealed the New York's place in the top five of the Eastern Conference.

Jonathan Osorio pulled one back for Toronto early in the second half, but it proved little more than a consolation as the Red Bulls outfit all but secured their playoff berth.

Anything but victory for Houston Dynamo in tonight's home clash with already-qualified DC United will see Mike Petke's side - currently seven points clear of sixth place - solidify their place in the knockouts.

The hosts started the brighter and hit the front on 26 minutes, as former Manchester City striker Wright-Phillips netted his 25th goal of the season.

Two goals in the final 10 minutes of the first half crushed the Canadian outfit, who saw Bover add a second in soft fashion before McCarty struck a third moments before the break.

Toronto threw themselves a glimmer of hope when Osorio tapped home a Jonathan Morrow cross on 55 minutes to reduce the gap to two.

The visitors have Joe Bendik to thank for preserving that two-goal deficit, as the goalkeeper pulled off a smart save on 65 minutes to deny Wright-Phillips his second.

Petke and company struggled to find the killer blow, but Nick Hagglund's straight red card late on ended any hopes of an unlikely comeback and the hosts held on for the win.

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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atlanta UnitedAtlanta29186563362760
2New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls29175753322156
3New York City FCNY City29147851381349
4Columbus Crew2912893737044
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia29134124145-443
6Montreal ImpactMontreal29123144146-539
7DC United2898114848035
8New England RevolutionNew England28810104143-234
9Toronto2886145055-530
10Chicago Fire2876154152-1127
11Orlando City2873184066-2624

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas28156754342051
2Dallas28148647371050
3Los Angeles FCLos Angeles28138755431247
4Portland TimbersPortland2913884441347
5Seattle SoundersSeattle2813693728945
6Real Salt LakeSalt Lake29136104947245
7Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver28117104654-840
8Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy29108115459-538
9Houston DynamoHouston2887134743431
10Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd2893164055-1530
11Colorado RapidsColorado2866163153-2224
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes2958164658-1223

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