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Toronto FC trounces Philadelphia Union in 2016 MLS playoffs

Meaning the New York Red Bulls will play either DC United or Montreal Impact in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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If you thought Philadelphia Union's shamefaced stumble into the playoffs - a seven-game winless streak to close out the regular season - foreshadowed a short post-season: you thought right. Toronto FC gleefully seized on the chance presented by a home game against a demoralized opponent to score its first-ever MLS playoff goals and record its first-ever MLS playoff win.

The 3-1 win for TFC ensures that the New York Red Bulls will play the winner of the October 27 game between D.C. United and Montreal Impact in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Recent form and home advantage would suggest that DC will be RBNY's opponent at the weekend, but Montreal is nothing if not difficult to predict.

Mostly, what the Red Bulls know for sure is that the treat bestowed upon them at the end of the regular season - a trip to trample on Philly - will be denied them in the playoffs. The lowest seed and least-impressive Eastern Conference post-season contender is out.

Toronto moves on to play New York City FC in the East's other semifinal.