Toronto FC loses 'cruel' game to Kansas City

Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer attempts a shot past Toronto FC defenders during Saturday...

Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer attempts a shot past Toronto FC defenders during Saturday night's game. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:36 PM ET

When Toronto FC last met the MLS champs, skepticism throughout this city remained high.

The Reds were brutal that night, managing a last-gasp 2-2 draw after going down to 10 men at Sporting Park. They showed fight, sure, but nothing else back in late May.

At that point, TFC was still a work in progress, with a number of weak links.

The club was far from a lock to make the MLS playoffs.

Two months on, Toronto FC and Sporting KC met again Saturday night, ending in an exciting 2-1 TFC loss — the bad news, if you will.

Which means there’s good news.

What Toronto fans witnessed might just be a precursor to a future playoff tilt between two of the best sides in the Eastern Conference. And a juicy one, at that.

“The reigning champs come in and it was a performance that was really good,” TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen said. “It’s pretty obvious the team is going in a direction that’s going forward. I’m gutted for the lads.


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