Soccer

MLS makes error in declaring Toronto FC playoff bound

The MLS jumped the gun in reporting that Toronto FC secured its spot in the post-season after a 3-3 draw with New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

Sunday's 3-3 draw not enough to secure post-season spot

Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore reacts after missing a scoring opportunity against the New York Red Bulls in Toronto on Sunday, which ended in a 3-3 draw. A victory would have secured Toronto a playoff spot. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Oops. Major League Soccer has backtracked on awarding Toronto FC a playoff berth.

MLS had said that Toronto, which leads the Eastern Conference with a 13-8-8 record with five games remaining in the regular season, had booked its ticket to the post-season with Sunday's 3-3 tie with the visiting New York Red Bulls. Toronto, in its post-match notes, said it was the first team into the 2016 playoffs.

There was no immediate word on how the miscalculation happened. It appears both Toronto and the Red Bulls needed a win Sunday to clinch.

"Both Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls had a chance to clinch this weekend, but their 3-3 draw on Sunday will keep them waiting for one more week," MLS said on its website.

Toronto will clinch a playoff berth Saturday if it beats Philadelphia Union or New England ties or loses its game with Columbus Crew SC or Orlando wins or ties its game against D.C. United or the New York Red Bulls beat the Montreal Impact.

FC Dallas leads the West with a 15-8-7 mark.

FC Dallas leads the West with a 15-8-7 mark.

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