Toronto moves closer to MLS playoffs with Philadelphia win

Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco celebrates scoring against Philadelphia Union. (AAP) Source: AAP

Toronto FC has taken another step towards the MLS play-offs thanks to a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia Union.

Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore scored as the East's fifth-placed Toronto eliminated the Union from the post-season race.

The Canadian side would have qualified for the post-season but Orlando City upstaged Montreal Impact 2-1 to remain in the hunt.

Orlando is seventh in the East, a point adrift of Impact.

Chicago Fire delayed New England Revolution's play-off berth for another week with a shock 3-1 victory.

Second-half goals from David Accam, Harrison Shipp and Gilberto inspired the Eastern Conference cellar-dwelling Fire to a come-from-behind win in Chicago as the Revs' post-season spot was put on hold.

The Revs, who were in the box seat to top the East heading into the final month of the campaign, are third on 47 points with two matches remaining before the play-offs get underway, while Fire remains adrift at the bottom despite snapping a five-match losing streak.

New York Red Bulls strengthened its grip on the Eastern Conference title courtesy of a 2-1 win at home to Columbus Crew.

Justin Meram's ninth-minute opener was swiftly cancelled out by Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips as Red Bulls moved three points clear of DC United.

Red Bulls also lead the race for the Supporters' Shied, with reigning MLS champion LA Galaxy scheduled to face Seattle Sounders on Monday (AEDT).

In other results, Sporting Kansas City climbed up to third in the Western Conference after its 1-0 victory at Portland Timbers.

San Jose Earthquakes held second-placed Vancouver Whitecaps to a 1-1 draw.

Source Omnisport