Late goal by substitute Nick DeLeon sends Toronto FC to MLS Cup final
ATLANTA — Substitute Nick DeLeon scored in the 78th minute as Toronto FC rallied to beat defending champion Atlanta United FC 2-1 Wednesday and advance to the MLS Cup final for the third time in four years. DeLeon took a pass from Alejandro Pozuelo, pivoted at the edge of the penalty box to make room for his shot and curled the ball high into the Atlanta goal over a diving Brad Guzan. Atlanta, which had controlled most of the second half, wasDeLeon took a pass from Alejandro Pozuelo, pivoted at the edge of the penalty box to make room for his shot and curled the ball high into the Atlanta goal over a diving Brad Guzan.
Toronto FC captain Michel Bradley, breaking his silence on his contract situation, reiterated Wednesday his desire to stay at the MLS club.
He says there have been "some good discussions" between his agent and the team.
"I'm confident there's a deal to find," he said at the club's wrapup media session. "The money, the contract itself, while always important, that's not the driving force here, in any way. I came here for something way bigger than that and the reasons for me wanting to stay are way bigger than that."
And while he said there is nothing new to report, there were talks as recent as Tuesday with more planned.
Maple Leafs sitting outside the playoffs as calendar flips to November
TORONTO — The Maple Leafs woke up Friday morning and found themselves in an uncomfortable position — on the outside looking in. Toronto was bumped from a playoff position Thursday night when the Montreal Canadiens beat the Vegas Golden Knights in overtime. Despite a talent-rich roster, the underperforming Leafs sit 6-5-3 on the season, with only 15 of a possible 28 points and just four victories in nine home games. And while the players insistToronto was bumped from a playoff position Thursday night when the Montreal Canadiens beat the Vegas Golden Knights in overtime.
"I've said from the beginning that I'm optimistic. I love it here," he said. "I feel so attached to the city, to the club, to the team. I'm so proud of what we've been able to do, of the success that we've had. But beyond the success, I'm so proud of the mentality and the identity that I think the club has taken on."
The 32-year-old midfielder's existing six-year contract expires at the end of the year. He made US$6.5 million this season, second-highest in the league behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic's $7.2 million.
Bradley said he hadn't talked about his contract earlier because he wanted to make sure it didn't became a distraction.
He did not address a report that a win in Sunday's MLS Cup final would have triggered another year at $6.5 million. That became moot when Toronto lost 3-1 to Seattle.
Bradley talked for almost 45 minutes at the team's media wrapup-up session Wednesday, sounding like a player happy with where he's at.
"From my standpoint, the hope has always been to be here and to be here for a long time. I think the foundation has been laid in a good way and I want more."
Bradley injured his ankle in the first half Sunday but played the entire game. An MRI is planned.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 13, 2019.
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Veteran defender Drew Moor leaves Toronto FC to return to Colorado .
TORONTO — Veteran defender Drew Moor has left Toronto FC to return to the Colorado Rapids. The Rapids confirmed Wednesday that the 35-year-old free agent, who played in Colorado from 2009 to 2015, has signed a one-year contract. The move reunites Moor with Colorado coach Robin Fraser, a former Toronto assistant. "Drew is someone who has meant so much to this club and we couldn't be happier to welcome him home," Colorado GM Padraig Smith said in a statement. "His championship-winning experience and familiarity playing for Robin (Fraser] will be a huge asset in our locker-room, especially for our young group of players.