TFC coach says Reds 'need to harden as a team'

Toronto FC forward Gilberto passes the ball as Sporting KC's Igor Juliao defends on Saturday night....

Toronto FC forward Gilberto passes the ball as Sporting KC's Igor Juliao defends on Saturday night. TFC lost the game 4-1. (USA Today Sports)

Kurtis Larson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:05 PM ET

He could only give one answer after falling 4-1 to the defending champs.

“I think so,” TFC’s Ryan Nelsen responded when I asked him if Saturday night’s match proves Sporting Kansas City is the class of the conference.

Not that he needed reminding, but TFC fans looked at the weekend as a test to gauge the likelihood of future playoff success.

“We’re under no illusions where we are,” Nelsen added. “We still have a lot of young guys playing at the back.

“You’re right. We need to harden as a team. You have to do that through playing in the playoffs.”

Those playoffs — assuming the Reds make them — will almost certainly come back through the Paris of the Plains, although Nelsen doesn’t seem to mind.

Nobody can touch Kansas City in the Eastern Conference at the moment. Saturday’s win put the current MLS Cup holders up 10 points on third-place Toronto with a little over two months to go.


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