Another loss, more excuses for TFC

Real Salt Lake 'keeper Eduardo Fernandez takes the ball away from Toronto FC's Jeremy Brockie at...

Real Salt Lake 'keeper Eduardo Fernandez takes the ball away from Toronto FC's Jeremy Brockie at BMO Field yesterday. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:57 PM ET

Toronto FC news conferences have turned into conspiracy-laden chit-chats that question everything from MLS refereeing to the “thankless” Canadian Soccer Association.

Case and point: Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake, a match marred in controversy — head coach Ryan Nelsen might say — after TFC loanee Jeremy Brockie appeared to be taken to ground inside the area.

Up in arms, TFC’s appeals for a penalty in the 42nd minute were waived off by referee Chris Penso, who had a clear look at the play.

Still, Nelsen started Saturday’s post-game by taking a run at an official rather than sorting through some of the bigger issues that persist: Scoring, lack of discipline and conceding at bad times.

The worst part, and I say this with a straight face, the Reds are beginning to show bits and pieces of competency across the pitch. Instead, we’re left talking about semi-contentious PKs that have little to do with the outcome of games.


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