Down in the dumps

DEAN MCNULTY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

If bad luck had a name yesterday, surely it was Toronto FC, as the club extended its winless streak to 11 games in a 0-0 tie with Real Salt Lake in spite of FC outplaying its opponents.

For those counting, it also extended the team's Major League Soccer record goalless streak to 822 minutes.

But for all of the zeros at the end of the day, TFC players weren't in the mood for giving up after a game in which they dominated at both ends of the pitch.

Right from the opening kick, the team descended on Salt Lake goaltender Nick Rimando almost at will with first rookie Andrea Lombardo, then Collin Samuel, Maurice Edu and Marvell Wynne all getting shots inside the penalty area.

Wynne later left the game with a hamstring injury.

All that an astounding 12-3 shots on goal advantage amounted to, however, was applause from the 20,098 fans at BMO Field.

Manager Mo Johnston, for the first time this year, was at a loss for words after the game.

"I'm absolutely speechless," he said. "We controlled 90% of the play and came away empty."

It's hard to think of what's left for Johnston to do other than throw on a shirt and shorts and put himself in front of the opposition goal.

"Listen, don't think getting out there in the penalty box myself didn't cross my mind," he said.

Even the return in the second half by star striker Jeff Cunningham couldn't steer the ball into the net.

Cunningham was playing his first game in almost two months after suffering a sports hernia.

With 96 goals on his MLS resume during stints with four teams including Salt Lake, Cunningham can't figure how the ball won't go into the net for this club.

"I'm telling you right now this is the most talented team I have ever played on in my MLS career," he said. "I don't understand it. I was sitting on the bench in the first half and I couldn't believe my eyes.

"In any other game we should be ahead 3-0 after that first half."

Johnston also announced he has been given a two-year extension on his contract with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. and already is planning a scouting trip to South America after the season to look at players.

"We are looking to add six or seven new players next season," he said.


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