The goal-scorers weren't the only contributors, as the defence held firm for the most part, while captain Michael Bradley and Armando Cooper covered a lot of ground in midfield. The club spent much of the season near the top of the East before stumbling over its final eight games and ending 2016 on a miserable 0-6-2 swoon.
Vanney's team rose to the occasion Wednesday in ending the post-season drought in convincing fashion.
Led by Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC downed the Philadelphia Union 3-1 at BMO Field on Wednesday night, setting up a semifinal encounter against NYCFC.
Today Toronto has the best designated players money can buy - Bradley, Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore will earn a combined US$18.48 million this season according to figures released by the MLS Players Union.
Osorio made it 2-0 three minutes into the second half off Giovinco's corner. It will also be NYCFC's first foray into the MLS playoffs.
While there weren't any champagne corks popping in the dressing room, the team celebrated the win on the field with its fans.
"Most of the guys are icing wounds and cleaning up scrapes", Vanney said of the locker-room.
Behind Silveira were dozens of Toronto FC fans, defying the city's first real blast of cold weather with scarves, toques and lively chants of "Oh when the Reds" to the tune of "When the Saints Go Marching In". I think Itll be a very good two-legged series and an exciting one. "Let's get it done'". "I can't watch too much of it because I have to be organizing behind the ball". I don't want to say reckless because that's not the word for it, but we took some chances in pressuring teams and forced them into some very bad turnovers.
Referee Baldomero Toledo handed out five yellow cards, cautioning both Bradley and Altidore which leaves them one yellow away from a suspension in the post-season. Risky on the counter or in the buildup of play Giovinco was everywhere.
"Jozy was just huge". The pressure paid off in the 73rd minute when TFC couldn't clear its lines off a corner kick as the Union played three consecutive headers inside the penalty area before Alejandro Bedoya stabbed it home from in close. But Giovinco, after drawing three defenders, found Altidore in the 85th minute and the USA international, after a fortuitous bounce off a defender, sent a low shot home.
Altidore and several teammates jumped over the advertising barriers to go celebrate this victory with their supporters.
The Union, who were 11-14-9 in the regular season, made the MLS playoffs for just the second time in their seven-year history and first since 2011.
Remember this is a franchise that took five years to win its 10th game on the road. "I thought the first 15 minutes we really pushed the tempo of the game and were up for it, and I was excited by that. We just can't seem to get away from giving up cheap, easy goals". But then again he scores against everyone.
Giovinco was lively all night.
That set the crowd chanting "This is our house".
The second half started poorly for the Union with defensive miscues and another goal by the Reds, this time from Jonathan Osorio in the 48th minute.
Creavalle played all 90 minutes against Toronto.
"He's as tough a kid as I've seen", said coach Jim Curtin. "So our season ends now, it's hard".