Injury-time goal dooms Toronto FC yet again

Toronto FC defender Ryan Richter goes up for a header in front of a couple of New York Red Bulls...

Toronto FC defender Ryan Richter goes up for a header in front of a couple of New York Red Bulls yesterday at BMO Field. (DAVE THOMAS/Toronto Sun)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:22 PM ET

TORONTO - Fingers aren’t being pointed in Toronto FC’s dressing room yet, but it might be time.

The Reds entered Saturday’s match against the visiting New York Red Bulls having conceded three stoppage-time goals in their previous four games, an unthinkable stat that has already seen a club trying to turn the corner drop six points from winning positions this season.

On Saturday, in a 2-1 loss to New York, TFC dropped another point after assuring reporters in the buildup that the club’s late-game jitters wouldn’t return.

“(It’s) not a problem,” head coach Ryan Nelsen said Friday. “Absolutely not a problem.”

Still, the problem returned, and late-game nerves once again got the best of TFC when New York’s Tim Cahill skied to head home the winner seconds before stoppage time.

If it’s not nerves, it’s incompetence — something Nelsen said might soon see certain individuals dropped from the lineup.


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