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Goal spree Propels Toronto FC into Champions League

On Thursday, Toronto FC needed to win by at least four goals over the Montreal Impact to win the Canadian Nutrilite Championship and represent Canada in the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League. Toronto put in six goals, winning 6-1 with an epic attacking display to earn the first trophy in team history.

With the heavens pouring down to add to the night's drama, the Impact scored first on a penalty after newly acquired Toronto defender Nick Garcia tripped Peter Byers in the penalty area. The goal meant that Toronto needed a seemingly unattainable five goals. Led Dwayne de Rosario, Toronto was up to the challenge. Rosario tied the game in the 30th minute with a magnificent overhead kick. De Rosario scored another before halftime with an angled shot that glanced off a defender and into the net.

At the break, Toronto's interim coach Chris Cummins brought on Chad Barrett, a move that proved to make the difference in the game. Barrett slotted De Rosario through early in the second half allowing De Rosario to complete the first-ever hat trick in the competition. Amado Guevara netted a free kick before Chad Barrett scored off a Guevara corner to make it 5-1, sending thousands of the traveling Toronto fans into delerium. Barrett unlocked the Impact defense one last time with a flick in the penalty box that Guevara calmly slotted inside the right post.

 

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