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Impact ties Toronto FC 1-1, eliminates Toronto from MLS playoff race

Felipe's goal sends Toronto FC to an early Christmas vacation.

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports


The Montreal Impact have officially eliminated Toronto FC from the MLS Playoffs race, expediting a process long overdue if you listen to TFC fans since Ryan Nelsen was let go. The Impact's 1-1 draw was a well earned result but the 2012 MLS expansion club will finish the season without winning one MLS away game.

Warren Creavalle opens the score with a well placed shot though Hassoun Camara would have been expected to be more aggressive on that play. Captain Patrice Bernier was back as a starter, after a month-long layoff due to a foot injury. His last game was with the Canadian National Team during a 3-1 win over Jamaica at BMO Field.

For me, it was one of the more exciting and emotional games we had against Toronto-Patrice Bernier

The TFC home base smiled again for the captain when he delivered a beautiful pass to Andres Romero who then set up Felipe Martins for the game-tying goal. The game was full of emotions and full of heated " debates " as the Impact felt the wrath of the referee with 2 red cards to Heath Pearce and Hassoun Camara.

Even down to 9 men for about 10 minutes, le bleu-Blanc-noir held the draw and crashed Toronto FC's party.

Scoring Summary:

TFC- Creavalle 20'

MTL- Felipe (Romero, Bernier) 39'

Misconduct Summary:

MTL- Camara (Caution) 5'

MTL- Ferrari (Caution) 55'

MTL- Pearce (Red) 82'

TFC- Jackson (Caution) 88'

MTL- Bush (Caution) 90'

TFC- Osorio (Red) 90'+3

TFC- Bendik (Caution) 90'+4

TFC- De Rosario (Caution) 90'+5

MTL- Camara (Red) 90'+5

Records:

Toronto FC: 11-14-8 (41 pts)

Montreal: 6-18-9 (25 pts)

Lineups:

Toronto FC- Bendik, Bloom (Oduro 80'), Henry, Caldwell, Morrow, Creavalle (De Rosario 57'), Warner (Bekker 68'), Osorio, Jackson, Moore, Gilberto

Unused Subs: Konopka, Orr, Morgan, Lovitz

Montreal- Bush, Camara, Ferrari, Pearce, Miller, Mallace, Bernier, Romero (Tissot 82'), Martins, Duka (Nakajima-Farran 73'), McInerney (Di Vaio 79')

Unused Subs: Crepeau, Krol, Danso, Gagnon-Lapare