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.