Los Angeles - New York Red Bulls striker Bradley
Wright-Phillips grabbed a slice of Major League Soccer history Sunday but it
was Jozy Altidore and Toronto FC headed to the playoffs after a 3-3 draw.
Wright-Phillips scored twice and became the first player in
MLS history with two seasons scoring 20 or more goals.
But Altidore scored twice in the second half, including a
textbook free kick, as Eastern Conference leaders Toronto clawed to the draw
and became the first team to book a playoff berth.
The Red Bulls were 2-0 up through 31 minutes after an
own-goal from Steven Beitashour -- who was sliding to break up a Red Bulls
cross -- and Wright-Phillips' first of the day.
Toronto pulled one back through Michael Bradley in the 41st.
Also read: Altidore scores twice, US advances with 4-0 win over T&T
Wright-Phillips restored New York's two-goal lead three
minutes into the second half when he finished off a through-ball from Sacha
But 20 minutes later, Altidore curled a free kick past Red
Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles.
Toronto were again without leading scorer Sebastian
Giovinco, still nursing quadriceps and adductor strains.
But by picking up one point, they maintained the Eastern
Conference lead with 47 points, two ahead of the Red Bulls and their cross-town
rivals New York City FC.
In the Western Conference, MLS all-time leading scorer
Landon Donovan notched his first goal since coming out of retirement to rejoin
the Los Angeles Galaxy in the stretch run to the playoffs.
The 34-year-old, greeted in Kansas City by chants mocking
his age, came on in the 74th minute and showed just what an "old guy"
Taking a pass from Robbie Rogers, Donovan fired a shot
through traffic and inside the far post to salvage a 2-2 draw.
After a stare for the chanting fans, Donovan put his hands
to his ears then ran to celebrate with teammates.
"I think they probably realized I might have a little
time left in me, this old guy," Donovan said later.
The Galaxy remain in striking distance of Western leaders FC
Dallas, four points off the pace with four matches remaining for each.For
the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us
on Twitter and like our Facebook page.