Toronto FC secured their solitary place in the MLS record books on Saturday, but for a distinction nobody would ever want.
TFC lost their eight straight match, an MLS record, as D.C. United went to BMO Field and posted a 2-0 victory. Chris Pontius and Hamdi Salihi delivered the goals for a D.C. side that maintained second place in the East with the win.
The match was scoreless until the 55th minute, when Pontius unleashed a left-footed blast to make it 1-0. Salihi scored in his second straight match with a skillful volley, coming on as a second-half sub and scoring just four minutes after coming on.
As if things couldn't get worse for TFC, they lost captain Torsten Frings to a shoulder injury that could keep him out of the decisive Canadian Championship second leg against Montreal on Wednesday. TFC and Montreal played to a scoreless draw in the first leg.
D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid returned to the starting lineup for the first time since the season opener and reminded us why he's regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in the American system by making four saves, including some stellar stops, to preserve the shutout.
Here are the match highlights:
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