It's an achievement nearly a decade in the making.
On Wednesday night Toronto FC finally gave their devoted fans the moment they've been lusting for since they arrived in Major League Soccer with a splash in 2007, edging the Eastern Conference-leading New York Red Bulls 2-1 at BMO Field to clinch their first-ever trip to the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.
Goals from Herculez Gomez and supersub Sebastian Giovinco – who returned to Toronto from Italian national team duty mere hours before kickoff – earned the three points that assure the Reds of a place in this fall's postseason dance.
The emotional reaction to the long-awaited breakthrough was clear to see as players and fans alike celebrated deliriously after the final whistle:
TFC can push on further: They are still in contention for a top-two finish in the East, which would earn them a pass to the Conference Semifinals.