How Toronto FC or Columbus Crew SC can advance to MLS Cup

Leg 1 of the Eastern Conference Championship between Toronto FC and Columbus Crew SC ended in a 0-0 draw at MAPFRE Stadium on Tuesday. The teams will match up again on Wednesday, November 29 (7:30 pm ET | FS1, FOX Deportes; TSN1/4/5, TVAS) for the decisive second leg. Below is a grid showing the scoreline that each team needs to advance to MLS Cup.

How to read the grid: if the match on November 29 (Leg 2) is tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time, Columbus will advance to the MLS Cup on away goals (see below for more information on the away goals rule).

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.


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