On the cusp of potentially claiming the all-time worst losing streak to start an MLS season, Toronto FC's players and staff say the record is not something to worry about.
TFC hosts D.C. United at BMO Field on Saturday afternoon, and should the Reds lose the game, they'll officially take on the mantle of the team with worst losing streak to ever start an MLS campaign. At 0-7, Toronto currently shares the dubious honour with the 1999 Kansas City Wizards, and a defeat at the hands of Dwayne De Rosario and Co. would give TFC sole possession of the unwanted disntiction.
With such an historical albatross waiting in the wings, it'd be fair to assume that Toronto's players and staff would be thinking of nothing else than the losing streak, right?
Not so, says captain Torsten Frings.
"It's not important to me," Frings told reporters after training on Friday. The former German international explained that the focus of the team is on getting positive results, not dwelling on the negative.
That said, he did admit that Toronto was in a bad spot heading into Saturday's match.
"Maybe it's not the best way to make history," Frings stated. "It's a bad situation for us."
Head coach Aron Winter was even more blunt when asked about the potential for his team going 0-8. In responding to a question about whether he is desperate for a win, Winter simply said, "No, never."
It's an odd sentiment from a coach of a side that has yet to win a match in the league in 2012, but it's one that Winter explained is necessary in order to place focus on the present.
Young defender Doneil Henry shares his coach's sentiment.
"If we keep looking at the past, we'll keep our heads down," Henry said. "We don't need to look at the past, we need to look at what's ahead of us, and tomorrow that's D.C. Yes, we have seven losses in the last [seven] games, but now we have a game to start a new record."
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