Toronto was one goal down in the series heading into the second leg, and an early Montreal goal Wednesday night put Toronto FC further in the hole.
But in a wild eight-minute stretch Toronto scored two goals to claw their way back, with Jozy Altidore scoring a goal to pull the two-leg series one step closer to a spot in the MLS Cup.
It turned out to be a huge moment – Although Altidore’s goal tied the game up, the goal put Toronto ahead on tiebreakers, because Toronto scored twice on the road in Montreal last week. But it set a new record in the MLS playoffs: Altidore became the first player to score in five straight playoff games.
It doesn’t hurt either that the header came from an impossibly tight angle and appears to fall through the Montreal defense when there seemed to be no room to score.
It was only one more minute, in what became an instant classic as Toronto FC defeated the Montreal Impact in extra minutes. This Eastern Conference Final had a fierce rivalry, great goals, pouring rain, high stakes, extra time and even a new MLS record.