Preki and Mo Johnston are gone but the pain endures.
Real Salt Lake, undefeated at home in 22 straight MLS matches, made it two-for-two at Rio Tinto Stadium in CONCACAF Champions League play. Toronto FC took the early lead, but RSL roared back to win 4-1, ruining Nick Dasovic's debut as the Reds head coach.
RSL Veteran defender Nat Borchers made a dreadful unforced error, dropping a back pass into no man's land where TFC striker O'Brian White pounced on the rebound and slotted the ball across the face of the goal for Maicon Santos to tap in.
But RSL equalized on its first meaningful attack of the game when Andy Williams' corner was nodded home by a wide open Kyle Beckerman.
TFC keeper Stefan Frei came out to meet the cross, but was far too late in arriving -- the ball was zipping back over him and into the goal.
Before the half ended, RSL took the lead. On a free kick, five -- count 'em -- five RSL attackers got a head start on the TFC defenders, who were flatfooted. Jamison Olave was the one who had an easy job of heading the ball past Frei. Replays showed the play was likely offside, but the linesman doesn't have the benefit of super slo-mo.
At halftime, Brampton teenager Nicholas Lindsay, who on Wednesday officially graduated from the TFC Academy and earned a contract with the senior club, came in as a sub to bolster the attack. But the air came out of any potential TFC comeback when Mista was sent off for kicking Beckerman just six minutes after he'd been sent on as a sub.
Real Salt Lake and Mexican power Cruz Azul are now tied atop Group A with six points each, with TFC three behind.