Major League Soccer

Toronto FC beats Crew, earns home playoff game

Toronto FC midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo, middle, celebrates his goal against the Columbus Crew with defender Omar Gonzalez, left, and forward Jozy Altidore (17) during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Toronto, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) Alejandro Pozuelo scored on a free kick in the 57th minute and Toronto FC beat the Columbus Crew 1-0 on Sunday in the regular-season finale to earn a home game in the first round of the playoffs.

Toronto (13-10-11) leapfrogged the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United to finish fourth in the East via goal difference over D.C. United. Toronto and D.C. United will meet Oct. 19 or 20, with the winner facing New York City FC in the Eastern semifinals.

Pozuelo ended the scoreless deadlock after Jozy Altidore was taken down just outside the penalty box. The Spaniard coolly slotted the ball over the Columbus wall and into the corner of the goal for his 12th goal of the season.

Columbus finished 10-16-8.

Updated October 6, 2019

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