Toronto FC making Maple Leafs look good
Toronto FC's captain Torsten Frings (left) seen here playing Tuesday August 28, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Published Wednesday, September 12, 2012 10:34PM EDT
If you thought the Maple Leafs were cruel to Toronto sports fans, the city’s MLS franchise might be bringing even more heartbreak to soccer diehards.
Toronto’s MLS franchise, known as the TFC, for Toronto Football Club, was eliminated from post-season action Wednesday after a disastrous season which has seen them rack up a execrable 5-17-6 record with a half dozen games still remaining.
Their latest result was a 2-1 loss Wednesday to the Chicago Fire.
TFC fans were hopeful when the team signed high-profiled German Torsten Frings, 35, as designated player for $2.4 million last fall.
But the once-mighty Frings failed to bring the team to the promised land and has recently fallen to injury after scoring a mere 2 goals in 33 games over this season and last.
The TFC has fallen short of a playoff spot in all six of its years in the MLS, and was considerably less competitive than the first-year Montreal Impact, which is still hoping to nab a playoff spot.
The TFC has not won a game in its last eight outings, going 0-6-2 during that span and sit in l0th and final place in the East Division.
Their 21 points represents the worst record in the 19-team league, as the next-worst team, Philadelphia, has 26 points.
The TFC, coached by Paul Mariner, has not won a game since July 18, when they beat Colorado 2-1.
The team has another six games to turn things around but a playoff spot is no longer possible.