Toronto FC looking to set all-time points record in final regular season game
Montreal Impact forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel (24) battles for the ball with Toronto FC defender Drew Moor (3) during first half MLS soccer action in Toronto on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 1:20PM EDT
Toronto FC is looking to end the MLS regular season on a record note.
A win or tie Sunday in Atlanta and Toronto will set an MLS single-season points record. Toronto (20-5-8) is currently tied with the 1998 Los Angeles Galaxy at 68 points although that team reached its tally in two fewer games in the shootout era.
League-leading Toronto can also set a record for most wins in the non-shootout era (since 2000). It is currently tied with the 2014 Seattle Sounders at 20.
Fourth-place Atlanta (15-9-9) is looking to make history of its own Sunday.
It is expected to set league records for highest attendance in a single game and single season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. More than 70,000 tickets have been sold already for the Toronto game.
Atlanta will be a motivated opponent. The expansion team has already clinched a playoff spot but needs a win to secure home-field advantage in the single-elimination knockout round.
Given the right set of weekend results, Atlanta could climb to second place in the East and avoid the knockout round. Toronto already has both the bye and home-field advantage in the playoffs.