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TFC holds advantage in NCC final

Maicon Santos' 73rd minute equalizer gave Toronto FC a 1-1 draw at Vancouver in the first leg of the NCC final.

Toronto FC has a chance tomorrow night (8pm Rogers Sportsnet One) to advance to their 2nd straight Concacaf Champions League. After a 1-1 draw at Vancouver last week, TFC holds a slight advantage going into the second leg. Vancouver will either need to win 1-0, draw 1-1 and then win in extra time/penalties, or draw 2-2 or greater in order to advance. Toronto FC, fresh off a gutsy 0-0 away draw to MLS champions Colorado FC, simply need to win or hold Vancouver without a goal. The winner will advance to Group C of the Champions League where they would face the Mexican Clausura winner (Morelia or Pumas), Panamanian Apertura winner Tauro, the winner between FC Dallas and Alianza (Salvadoran Clausura champions), and Nicaragua’s Walter Ferreti or Real Esteli.

Toronto FC has struggled again this season in the MLS and probably won’t make the playoffs for the fifth straight time in their young history. Most of the buzz surrounding the team over the first couple of seasons has died, and this time is an afterthought amongst most Toronto sports fans. However, the quality of the MLS is improving and so is TFC’s brand of soccer. If you don’t have anything to do tomorrow night, check out the game or better yet try and experience the game live at BMO field. It’s a fun atmosphere and a match between TFC and Vancouver is always exciting.

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