Toronto FC gets reality in loss to Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio scores on Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar via penalty kick...

Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio scores on Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar via penalty kick during the first half at Rio Tinto Stadium. (Russ Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:06 AM ET

Last year’s MLS Cup finalist “finished off” Toronto FC “like Rob Ford at a buffet” Saturday night.

That’s how Salt Lake commentator Brian Dunseth described TFC’s sloppiness in a 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake.

And that low-blow came well before the end of a first half that saw Toronto humbled by one of the best out west.

For the first time this season the Reds trailed in an MLS match after Doneil Henry was whistled for a penalty 10 minutes in.

Toronto’s 20-year-old Canadian centre back showed his immaturity when he wrapped up RSL’s Alvaro Saborio so much it left referee Baldomero Toledo little choice but to point to the spot, allowing the Costa Rican to slot past TFC ’keeper Julio Cesar from 12 metres.

Without 50% of their midfield — Jonathan Osorio (hamstring), Jackson (suspension) — the Reds looked lost in possession, electing instead to play direct into an RSL back four full of some of the best backs in the league.


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