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NYC FC falls to Toronto FC in Game 1 of MLS Eastern Conference semifinals

New York City FC defender Maxime Chanot (4),

New York City FC defender Maxime Chanot (4), left to right, heads the ball away from Toronto FC defender Nick Hagglund (6) and Toronto FC defender Drew Moor (3) as New York City FC defender Frederic Brillant (13) defends during first half MLS soccer playoff action in Toronto, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Photo Credit: AP / Frank Gunn

Jozy Altidore scored in the 84th minute to break a feisty stalemate and substitute Tosaint Ricketts added a stoppage-time goal to give Toronto FC a 2-0 victory over New York City FC on Sunday night in Game 1 of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal series.

The second game in the two-leg series is next Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

The go-ahead goal came from Michael Bradley’s free kick that NYCFC failed to clear. The ball bounced around the penalty box, with Ricketts taking a swing before it went to Altidore.

Ricketts made it 2-0 in injury time on a windy night at BMO Field, poking in Nick Hagglund’s cross on a second attempt. Ricketts came on in the 83rd minute.


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