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Played
April 28, 2012 9:00 PM EDT
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

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

By Zac Lee Rigg

Eric Avila, Toronto FC; Tony Beltran, Real Salt Lake; MLS
Chris Nicoll
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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Real Salt Lake

18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
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2
Tony Beltran
Defender
87′
 - 
4
Jamison Olave
Defender
17′
 - 
17
Chris Wingert
Defender
27′
 - 
28
Chris Schuler
Defender
 - 
5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
7′
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4
Will Johnson
Midfielder
 - 
11
Javier Morales
Midfielder
61′
 - 
20
Ned Grabavoy
Midfielder
82′
 - 
9
 - 
15
A. Saborío
Striker
 - 

Toronto FC

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-
Milos Kocic
Goalkeeper
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-
M. Aceval
Defender
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5
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-
Adrian Cann
Defender
 - 
2
 - 
-
 - 
15
Eric Avila
Midfielder
48′
 - 
19
Reginald Lambe
Midfielder
 - 
22
Torsten Frings
Midfielder
80′
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-
Terry Dunfield
Midfielder
68′
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-

Substitutes

28
Kyle Reynish
Goalkeeper
 - 
6
 - 
-
 - 
21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
87′
 - 
22
 - 
23
Paulo Jr.
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

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40
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-
Logan Emory
Defender
76′
 - 
15
 - 
2
Ty Harden
Defender
 - 
-
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-
J. Burgos
Midfielder
 - 
8
Joao Plata
Striker
68′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Yellow Card
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  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
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Results
 
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E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Bradley Wright-Phillips Bradley Wright-Phillips
Striker
NY Red Bulls
4 1