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TORONTO -- Benoit Cheyrou and Tosaint Ricketts scored 2 minutes apart in extra time and Toronto FC advanced to the MLS Cup final, outlasting the Montreal Impact 5-2 in the rain Wednesday night for a 7-5 aggregate victory.It took extra time and 12 goals to decide the two-leg Eastern Conference final. Toronto will host the Seattle Sounders on Dec. 10 in the MLS championship game, becoming the first Canadian team to play for the title.Tonight was a special night, captain Michael Bradley said. Ten days from now we want to do one better.Toronto trailed 3-2 after Game 1 in Montreal and fell further behind after the Impact scored first before a BMO Field-record crowd of 36,000.Only once before in MLS playoff history had a club trailed by as many as three goals in a two-leg aggregate series and come back to wine. The San Jose Earthquakes were down 4-0 in 2003 before rallying to beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 5-4.One of our messages was there was no way, no chance, no how we were going to be outcompeted tonight in front of our fans in our stadium, Toronto coach Greg Vanney said. And we were going to run hard and we were going to run through everything that we had to make sure that those margins turned in our favor.With the teams tied 5-5 on aggregate, Cheyrou scored on a header in the 98th minute -- just a minute after entering the game -- when he knocked in Steven Beitashours cross. Then, Jozy Altidore outmuscled a couple of defenders to send in a cross that Ricketts, beating two more defenders to the ball, swept in.For me, the most exciting playoff event that Ive ever been a part of, Vanney said. And for sure that Ive ever seen.Dominic Oduro opened the scoring in the 24th minute for Montreal, a goal that meant Toronto had to score twice. Armando Cooper and Altidore did just that before the first half was over, tying the aggregate score at 4-4, with an away goals edge to Toronto.But the Impacts Ignacio Piatti made it 2-2 -- and 5-4 on aggregate -- in the 53rd minute after substitute Johan Venegas found him behind the defense. The ball bounced off either Piatti or defender Nick Hagglund, leaving Toronto fans to watch in pain as it trickled slowly into the net.Hagglund restored order with a superb header in the 68th minute to make it 3-2 on the night and 5-5 on aggregate. It came off a short corner with Justin Morrow delivering the cross.Guys are down in the dressing room. Its grueling out there, Impact coach Mauro Biello said. Today was a tough game, a lot of emotions in playoffs, its a long season, and in the end the players gave everything, all the way to the end. Its a tough moment, for sure, for everyone, when youre so close and falling short. But well be back, and well be even stronger. 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Westbrook has missed 27 games since having a procedure on Dec. 27 to deal with swelling in his injured right knee — the third operation on the knee in nine months. West Indies Cricket Boards chief executive Michael Muirhead will step down from his position after a four-year stint in the role. Muirheads contract was up for renewal on October 14, but he has opted to quit the WICB.Muirhead, who had replaced Ernest Hilaire the WICB CEO in 2012, said he had helped the board turn its finances around.I came in at a time when the state of finances at the board were in deficit and in my brief tenure I have managed to turn around and will be leaving with a surplus, Muirhead told ESPNcricinfo.With a banking and marketing background, Muirhead was focused on the numbers and the money element and worked in close association with WICB president Dave Cameron.Although Muirhead counts as having contributed to West Indies two World T20 wins, his tenure, along with Camerons, will be remembered for their run-ins with senior West Indies players over issues like the pay disputes and selection. A dispute related to payment structure between the players, the WICB and the West Indies Players Assocation resulted in the team pulling out of their tour of India in October 2014. The board faced a crisis before this years World T20 in India after the players appeared to collectively reject the contracts offered by the WICB due to what they perceiveed as huge financial reductions.dddddddddddd Following West Indies title win, Darren Sammy and a few other senior players had criticised the WICB, and were reprimanded by the ICC after the tournament.Muirhead agreed the chasm between the board and the players has been always there, but the divide is steadily being bridged. He pointed out that when he entered the WICB, there was constant strife between the board and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).When I came in it was extremely hostile between us and the players association. We were in court regularly, he said. There was judgement and arbitration against us. I think I played a more conciliatory role instead of being antagonistic to the point that we have not had petitions against us. Our legal fees have gone down significantly. 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