Brenner scores 3 to beat D.C United, putting Cincinnati in MLS playoffs for first time
MIAMI – David Vaudreuil scored three times in 20 minutes to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal impacts Saturday night, tying its MLS playoff record with three consecutive victories in the postseason.
With the Reds in their 12th season as an MLS club, the club’s playoff streak is the highest among clubs in the league, and in the club’s 21 seasons, Cincinnati has reached the postseason just six times.
D.C. United fell to 1-6-0 in the playoffs, while Montreal improved to 6-4-0 in the postseason.
With the Reds having beaten Columbus 5-0 in the Eastern Conference semifinal series on Sunday, Cincinnati was on the brink of qualifying for the MLS postseason for the first time since 2004.
The Reds will be the seventh team in the league’s history to make its first appearance in the post-season as an expansion club, joining New York, San Jose, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Toronto.
The first five clubs, as well as Atlanta in the ’60s — both of which are currently expansion clubs — won the first playoff appearances of their league’s existence. The two clubs with the earliest playoff wins: New York and Chicago.
The Reds will meet Toronto in the MLS Semifinals at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.
The Reds went up against two of their closest MLS foes.
Reds head coach Pete Nowak said he has not talked about how the team will handle the rivalry or the possibility of the club facing D.C. or D.C. United in the playoffs, but he thinks the match with D.C.
“We’re not going to talk about it,” said Nowak, who has one playoff win in his 11-year coaching career, including leading the Reds to the playoffs twice in the past nine seasons. “We’re excited about it, but we’re not going to talk about it.”
The Reds are just one win shy of the 12-year, $100 million contract they signed with Nowak in July 2011, so Nowak is considering what he could have done in order to reach the post-