TFC loses ugly game to D.C. United

Toronto FC defender Raivis Hscanovics fails to knock down a pass behind DC United mid-fielder...

Toronto FC defender Raivis Hscanovics fails to knock down a pass behind DC United mid-fielder Stephen King. (REUTERS/ Mike Cassese)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:48 PM ET

It is safe to say nobody who took in Toronto FC's stunning 1-0 loss to D.C. United Saturday afternoon was converted into a fan of Major League Soccer.

And one of the worst defeats in club history might also have turned off a fair number of TFC supporters.

The players were in fine pre-season form. Unfortunately, the regular season kicked off back in April.

Through 90 minutes of stumbling, bumbling and largely putrid play, it was hard to pick out what was worse: TFC's moribund offence, its error-prone defence, or D.C.'s spectacularly awful finishers.

Though Toronto stumbled in on a five-game winless skid, it was D.C. -- billed as far worse with 16 losses in 23 matches -- that was the better team for most of the afternoon in front of 20,395 fans at BMO Field and an 81st-minute score by ex-Red Julius James held up.

After Toronto captain Dwayne De Rosario beat four players to nail a shot off the post in the sixth minute, the Reds could not break through early and let United stay in the game. In fact, D.C. was credited with a 6-4 shots edge for the half including the only shot on goal, a 37th-minute Danny Allsopp blast from in close which Stefan Frei turned aside with one of his better stops of the season.

A minute earlier, in a rare display of offensive precision by the Reds, Maicon Santos had freed himself from two defenders to get off a good strike, but it sailed high.

Aside from De Rosario, Nana Attakora and Dan Gargan, Toronto's players looked average to downright dismal.

Parts of the game were close to unwatchable -- save for the comedy factor. Missed balls, blown open-net chances all were on display as D.C. showed its horrific record was well-earned.

The sad thing for Toronto FC was D.C. mainly had the better chances and even counting De Rosario's unfortunate effort, should have been ahead.

Boos rained down from the rafters late in the second half, a fair response.

It took until the 79th minute for Toronto to get its first corner kick of the day. Mista headed the chance wide.

James went on to stun everyone on hand by picking up a loose ball and putting it past Frei. That prompted a mass exodus from the stands. It was surprising they stayed that long.

TFC's playoff chances decreased significantly with the loss. D.C. was by far the easiest opponent on the sked and failing to even notch a point against them marks one of the lowest points in the team's history.


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