Mercedes-Benz Stadium is where two important moments in Toronto FC history have taken place.
In 2017, TFC earned a 2-2 draw with Atlanta United FC in the final week of the MLS campaign to set the single-season record for most points by a club. Two years later, Toronto posted a 2-1 win over Atlanta in the Eastern Conference final to book its third appearance in the MLS Cup in four years. But Saturday night didn’t produce any more historical moments, rather it was a day to forget, as TFC fell short in a 4-2 loss to Atlanta, a setback that essentially killed off their post-season hopes.
Even though it’s not officially eliminated from contention, Toronto (9-15-7) is poised to miss the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time since 2013 and 2014. Saturday’s loss and other results meant TFC dropped from 10th to 13th in the Eastern Conference, six spots and seven points below the playoff line with only three games remaining in the season.
Here are my three major takeaways from the game.