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Plata leads Toronto FC to historic CCL triumph over FC Dallas
Move over, Miracle in Montreal. Goodbye to the 2011 Nutrilite Canadian Championship win over the Whitecaps. Sayonara to the Danny Dichio opener and that first-ever MLS win.
With a 3-0 triumph on the road over FC Dallas Tuesday in a must-win finale to the CONCACAF Champions League group stage, Toronto FC has a new franchise-best game. With the result, the Reds are guaranteed a spot in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League — a place where no Canadian club has been since the Montreal Impact got there in 2009.
On a night when TFC shone brighter than ever before, it was a five-foot-two Ecuadorean who was the power source. Joao Plata set up Danny Koevermans first-half opener, then buried FCD with two wonderful second-half strikes.