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  • April 28, 2012
  • • 9:00 PM
  • • Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
  • Referee: S. Petrescu
  • • Attendance: 17629

Real Salt Lake 3-2 Toronto FC: Reds tie MLS record for worst start to a season

Real Salt Lake 3-2 Toronto FC: Reds tie MLS record for worst start to a season

Chris Nicoll

A stoppage time Jonny Steele goal cruelly denied Toronto of any points in Utah, with TFC matching an unwanted MLS record.

The 1999 Kansas City Wizards set a record with seven straight losses to start an MLS season. With a nerve-wracking 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake, Toronto FC tied that league record.

In all, Toronto missed a penalty, conceded an own goal and coughed up the winner deep in injury time.

In the first half Kyle Beckerman opened the scoring after his two central defenders helped keep a corner alive, Alvaro Saborio had a goal whistled for offside and Torsten Frings missed a penalty.

Eric Avila equalized early in the second half, flitting past Jamison Olave and curling the ball around Nick Rimando. Avila clipped the bar with a gorgeous shot from distance before one of his teammates scored. However, Richard Eckersley put the ball into his own net off his kneecap.

With 15 minutes left to play, Doneil Henry scored another equalizer for Toronto FC. Deep into injury time, it looked like the Reds might grab their first point of the 2012 season, but Jonny Steele had different ideas. Beckerman stretched to control a Javier Morales cross and Steele curled a left footed shot from the top of the box into the billowing net.

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