Newspaper article The Canadian Press

After Tough Loss against Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC Looks for Redemption

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

After Tough Loss against Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC Looks for Redemption

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Toronto FC looks for redemption against KC

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TORONTO - Two weeks after a devastating loss to Sporting Kansas City, the memories were still painful for Toronto FC.

Kansas City won 1-0 on a Kei Kamara free kick in the 83rd minute that was deflected at the wall before going in off the fingers of goalkeeper Milos Kocic.

"The last Kansas game left a sour taste in our mouth," said Canadian international midfielder Terry Dunfield. "For sure, I think that was a nil-niller all day. Someone leaves the wall and all of a sudden they score on a deflected free kick and you get beat 1-0 at home. That was tough to swallow."

The Reds (5-15-6) will have a chance at redemption on Saturday at Livestrong Sporting Park when they play Kansas City for the third time in this Major League Soccer season. Kansas City won 2-0 at home on June 16 in TFC's first match under Paul Mariner after he took over as head coach from Aron Winter.

Kansas City (14-7-5) will be without speedy forward Teal Bunbury who had season-ending knee surgery and defender Aurelien Collin who is suspended for the game.

"They've got massive depth," TFC defender Richard Eckersley said. "Whoever steps in is going to be a threat. We're not going to have a day off by any means. We've just got to be on our game and on our front foot constantly."

Toronto forward Eric Hassli has a rib injury and won't play Saturday. The injury forced him from the 3-1 loss to Santos Laguna of Mexico in a CONCACAF Champions League match at BMO Field on Tuesday.

That was another disappointing result for Toronto. The Reds had tied the game in the 68th minute on a goal by Quincy Amarikwa and they felt they played well enough for a draw. But a familiar theme for their season played out when Santos scored in the 90th and 92nd minutes.

"Over the past month we've been getting real close without getting past the finish line, seeing the games off," Dunfield said. "I think 1-1 was probably a fair result the other night. …

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