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Playing a home game against the worst team in Major League Soccer was supposed to mean three points for Toronto FC. Instead of three, the Canadian squad were left with zero as its playoff hopes took a severe hit.
D.C. United isn't used to playing the role of spoiler, but it did so Saturday, riding an 81st-minute goal from Julius James to post a 1-0 victory at BMO Field, handing Toronto its second home loss of the season.
The defeat keeps Toronto at least four points out of the final playoff spot, with San Jose holding three games in hand on TFC. The Earthquakes face FC Dallas tonight.
Toronto is now left with a brutal stretch of games to try and reach the post-season. With Champions League matches against Real Salt Lake and Cruz Azul mixed in with looming MLS matches against Real Salt Lake, Seattle and Columbus, Toronto will have a very rough road to earning the first playoff berth in team history.
The win pulls D. C. to within three points of Philadelphia in the race to escape having the worst record in MLS.
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