It hardly rated with the best of the 211 goals the 37-year-old midfielder scored for English Premier League side Chelsea, but it was enough to set up a New York victory. After Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley somehow missed a gift from six yards out, New York secured the three points when striker Patrick Mullins headed home a corner in the 77th minute.

The result kept New York in playoff contention in the Eastern Conference one point behind sixth-placed Montreal (32 points), who have four games in hand. The result leaves Toronto winless in their past seven away games, though they remain fifth in the East and likely to make the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the New England Revolution edged the New York Red Bulls 2-1 to take over top spot in the East. With barely a minute on the clock, Uruguay midfielder Diego Fagundez beat Red Bulls keeper Luis Robles at the near post to give the Revolution the lead.

The Red Bulls took only four minutes to equalise through midfielder Mike Grella, before New England midfielder Kelyn Rowe scored the winner in the 65th minute. The Red Bulls slipped to second in the East on 45 points, but remain almost certain to finish the regular season in the top four.

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