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Toronto's Playoff Dreams Drenched by Red Bulls
Toronto Star , October 26th, 2009 4PM

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In a rain-drenched Giants stadium, Toronto FC watched its playoff hopes wash away as it lost 5-0 to the New York Red Bulls. Needing a win to make its first ever postseason appearance, Toronto made history with its worst loss since entering the league in 2007.

"I'm gutted," Toronto attacker Dwayne De Rosario said in a somber locker room at Giants Stadium. "Obviously right now I'm in a position where I could point fingers but for me to do that is pretty pointless. All I can do is look at myself and be honest and say I tried to do my best." De Rosario will miss the playoffs for the first time in his nine seasons in the league.

Toronto can blame missing the playoffs on much more than its loss against New York. For example, TFC surrendered a league-worst 15 goals in the final quarter of an hour of games this season. "Listen, we've not missed the playoffs because of tonight," said interim head coach Chris Cummins, who admitted he likely won't be back next season. "It's because of the whole season. We've been inconsistent." General manager Mo Johnston, who appointed Cummins in April after John Carver resigned, said he was "shocked" by the result. "To come here and lose 5-0 when we know everything was on the line, our whole season, it's very disappointing. It's hard to swallow."

 

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