Despite holding Sporting Kansas City scoreless for over 80 minutes, it was once again a late-game collapse that saw Toronto FC lose 1-0 at BMO Field Saturday night.TORONTO - With cheers of excitement from the annual Canadian National Exhibition surrounding BMO Field, there was very little to cheer about inside the stadium on Saturday in Toronto FC's dire 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City.
The game matched the pace of the herds of people trying to shuffle their way about the midway just meters away, as it felt more like a lazy practice than a top flight contest.
After dragging on seemingly for an eternity, Sporting iced the match thanks to an 83rd minute free kick goal from Kei Kamara, putting an end to any hope of TFC coming away with a point against the top team in MLS' Eastern Conference.
"It was a bit of a nothing match, to be frank," Toronto head coach Paul Mariner told reporters. "It was a bit of a stalemate, and then all of a sudden they get the goal."
In fairness to the visitors, they were the likeliest to score on the day, as they managed 17 attempts on goal compared to TFC's six. But aside from a failed Teal Bunbury breakaway in the first half and Kamara's goal - which came courtesy of a deflection off Toronto's Andrew Wiedeman - there really wasn't much going on for Kansas City in terms of offense.
Much of the credit for that must surely go to Reds newcomer Darren O'Dea, the former Celtic defender who asserted himself as the backline general in his first appearance for TFC.
Yet despite Toronto's ability to neutralize the normally dangerous KC attack, the end result was still the same for the Reds: a late game collapse that saw TFC drop points.
"That's probably been the story of the season," O'Dea said. "We probably should have come out of here and taken a point against a very good team, but we've come away with nothing again and obviously it's disappointing."
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That the Irish center back, who was just formally signed earlier this month, was speaking about Toronto's consistent ability to find new ways to lose games in the latter stages speaks to what a trying season its been for TFC.
"I'm only here four days and I'm sick to death of talking about it," the 25-year-old said, "so it's about time we starting doing something."