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Toronto FC 1 Columbus Crew 0 (1-0 agg): Altidore fires hosts into consecutive MLS Cup finals

Toronto FC 1 Columbus Crew 0 (1-0 agg): Altidore fires hosts into consecutive MLS Cup finals

Toronto FC advanced to back-to-back MLS Cup finals after edging Columbus Crew 1-0 in the Eastern Conference play-off.

Jozy Altidore's 60th-minute strike was all that separated the two sides as Toronto sealed a 1-0 aggregate triumph and successive championships in the east on Wednesday.

Toronto reached the MLS decider last year but the Canadian outfit suffered an extra-time defeat to Seattle Sounders.

However, 2017 Supporters' Shield winners Toronto will have another opportunity to make amends, despite Victor Vazquez's unsuccessful penalty in the first half.

The play-off tie was evenly posted following last week's first-leg draw in Columbus.

Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco were absent for the fixture at the Crew due to suspension, but the star pair made timely returns midweek.

Vazquez saw his 26th-minute penalty saved by Zach Steffen but Altidore came to Toronto's rescue on the hour – the United States international running on to a pass from the former before finishing powerfully past the Crew goalkeeper.

With the Crew only requiring an away goal to deny Toronto a place in the final, Columbus had a great chance to silence the hosts but an unmarked Ola Kamara was unable to get a touch on a cross with the goal at his mercy.