TORONTO – The final four is set, but that doesn’t change a thing for Toronto FC.
After an entertaining affair at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Columbus Crew SC emerged victorious over Atlanta United FC in a penalty shootout, becoming the fourth and final team to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
“I watched the game. It was about as entertaining a 0-0 game I’ve seen in a long time,” head coach Greg Vanney said. “The four teams are set, but we’re 100-percent focused on the Red Bulls and our preparation to go there and get a good result.”
The team’s journey to New Jersey will be a homecoming of sorts for Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, both of whom not only were born in the Garden State, but began their careers with the Red Bulls and their previous incarnation, the New York/New Jersey MetroStars.
“The experience of playing for my dad and how much I learned and improved, that played a big role early in my career,” Bradley explained.
Added Altidore: “It was my first club, I scored my first playoff goal there. It was my first-ever taste of football. I have great memories there.”
Sentimentality aside, Altidore insists he and his side will be ready get the job done in Harrison.
“It’s another game, another opportunity to do something special this year.”
Hear from Vanney, Altidore and Bradley after Friday’s training session: