How Toronto or NY Red Bulls can advance to the Eastern Conf. Championship

Leg 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls ended in a 2-1 win for Toronto FC on the road at Red Bull Arena on Monday. The teams will match up again on Sunday afternoon (3 pm ET | ESPN, ESPN Deportes; TSN 1/4, TVAS) for the decisive second leg. Below is a grid showing the scoreline that each team needs to advance to the Eastern Conference Championship.

How to read the grid: if the Red Bulls are leading 1-0 at the end of regulation time in the second leg on Sunday, the aggregate score of the series will be 2-2. Toronto FC will advance to the Eastern Conference Championship on away goals and the series will end without playing extra time (see below for more information on the away goals rule).

Toronto vs NY Red Bulls matchup notes:

  • Last TORvNY match at BMO Field: September 30. Toronto FC won 4-2.
  • All-time MLS regular season series record at Toronto: TFC has 5 wins, NY has 3 wins. 6 draws.
  • Toronto FC were the top home team in MLS this season while the Red Bulls won five of 17 road matches.

The away goals rule: The away-goals rule is a tiebreaking method that is used to determine the winner of a two-legged series, such as the MLS Conference Semifinals and Conference Championships. If two teams are tied on aggregate at the end of regulation time of the second leg, the away-goals rule is applied as the first tiebreaker. The winner is the team with the most goals scored away from home.