Decision day worked out nicely for Toronto FC on Sunday.
Toronto came into the final day of the MLS regular season in sixth place, needing to beat Columbus and have D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls stumble in order to climb into fourth in the East for a first-round home playoff game.
The planets aligned for Toronto FC. Alejandro Pozuelo did the rest.
The Spaniard scored on an elegant free kick to give Toronto FC a 1-0 win. Elsewhere the Red Bulls fell 3-0 in Montreal and D.C. United had to settle for a scoreless draw at home against nine-man FC Cincinnati.
Put it all together and Toronto (13-10-11) went from sixth to fourth, finishing above D.C. United on goal difference. TFC and D.C. United (13-10-11) will meet at BMO Field on Oct. 19 or 20 with the winner facing conference-leading New York City FC in the Eastern semifinals.