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Toronto FC clinches playoff spot after draw with LAFC

Carlos Vela scored a stoppage time goal to lift Los Angeles FC to a 1-1 draw

LOS ANGELES — Carlos Vela scored a stoppage time goal to lift Los Angeles FC to a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC Saturday, but the Reds still managed to clinch a playoff spot.

Tsubasa Endoh gave Toronto (12-10-10) a 1-0 advantage in the 19th minute on a shot 12 yards out from the left side of the box, assisted by Jozy Altidore. Vela tied it at 1-1 for Los Angeles (19-4-8) on a penalty shot in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time.

Los Angeles outshot Toronto 17 to 8, with five shots on goal to one for Toronto.

LAFC drew 11 corner kicks, committed 11 fouls and was given one yellow card. Toronto drew four corner kicks, committed 10 fouls and was given one yellow card.

Vela remains in the lead in the MLS Golden Boot race. Zlatan Ibrahimovic of rival LA Galaxy also scored Saturday and remains just behind Vela.

Sep 21, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela (10) reacts after a foul during the second half against Toronto FC at Banc of California Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles’s next match is Wednesday at home against the Houston Dynamo, while Toronto next plays Sunday at the Chicago Fire.

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