Toronto FC have never been to the playoffs in four previous MLS seasons, and they look unlikely to make the postseason this year.
But after overhauling their roster in midseason, and qualifying for the CONCACAF Champions League group stage, the Reds still have plenty to play for in 2011. They could become the first Canadian team ever to reach the quarterfinals of the CCL. To do that, though, they’ll have to come up with some much better performances than the one they produced last night at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario in Mexico City, where the Reds were thumped 4-0 by Pumas UNAM.
The hosts got three goals in the first half from striker Martin Bravo. Highlights below, but TFC fans may want to avert their eyes:
The loss drops Toronto to 1-1-0 and into third place in Group C.
The Reds host Colorado in an MLS match on Saturday, and return to CCL action on Sept 20, when they host Panamanian side Tauro FC, which tied FC Dallas 1-1 last night.
The Hoops scored the fastest goal in CCL history in that game, with midfielder Daniel Cruz finding the net after just 27 seconds, but had a George John strike dubiously called back for offside, and eventually succumbed to some heavy pressure from the visitors, giving up an equalizer just before halftime.
Those highlights below:
Dallas host Thierry Henry and New York on Saturday in MLS play, then welcome Pumas next Wednesday to battle for the CCL Group C lead.