Despite suffering consecutive losses for the first time this season, Toronto FC can wrap the Supporters' Shield and the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoff bracket on Saturday with a home win against the struggling New York Red Bulls.
Toronto has enjoyed the full week to regroup from losses to New England and Montreal, the two teams chasing the Red Bulls for the conference's sixth and final playoff spot.
Even so, coach Greg Vanney's team enters the weekend with a seven-point lead on New York City FC, with both teams having three games remaining on the schedule.
The match will be the first time in a while that Toronto (18-8-5, 62 points) has had something definitive for which to play. The Reds have been in first since a July 19 draw with NYCFC, and their lead only grew more comfortable during an 11-match unbeaten run that extended into September. >> Read more