Toronto FC may be the "worst team in the world," in the words of striker Danny Koevermans, but the embattled club is headed to the CONCACAF Champions League for the fourth straight year nonetheless.
After earning a 1-1 draw at Vancouver last week in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final, Toronto finished off the Whitecaps on Wednesday at BMO Field, riding Reggie Lambe's 83rd-minute tally to a 1-0 win and 2-1 aggregate triumph.
The match was marred by a 56th-minute skirmish that saw Vancouver's Sebastien Le Toux and Toronto's Julian de Guzman sent off. While Toronto was poised to claim the title on the away-goals tiebreaker before Lambe found net, the strike set up by Nick Soolsma and Ryan Johnson clinched the series for the Reds.
With the win, Toronto will advance to the group stage of the Champions League after making an unlikely run to the tournament semifinal in the 2011-12 version.
Here are highlights of the Canadian Championship second leg:
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