TORONTO (AP) — The Montreal Impact's playoff hopes hang in the balance after falling to a 1-0 defeat Saturday to lowly Toronto FC in the final round of the MLS regular season.
Robert Earshaw scored his eighth goal of the season in the 16th minute for Toronto, forcing the Impact to await the outcome of games Sunday to see if they make the MLS playoffs.
Montreal will be out if Houston beats D.C. United, New England defeats Columbus and Chicago beats or ties New York.
After a sluggish start by both teams, Toronto began to take control and at times looked dominant as Montreal showed little sense of urgency, not managing a shot during a first half in which the BMO Field pitch seemed tilted toward the Impact goal.
Montreal made changes in the second half and finally began to test the Toronto defense. A 62nd-minute goal by Marco Di Vaio was called off due to apparent handball. Andrew Wenger shot wide from in front of the net in the 72nd minute and Toronto goalie Joe Bendik robbed Andres Romero in the 88th minute.
The Impact have faltered down the stretch. Before last weekend's 2-1 win over visiting Philadelphia, Montreal went winless in six league games during which it collected one point out of a possible 18.
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