By John Molinaro Sportsnet
REDS, IMPACT DRAW IN FINAL TORONTO HOME GAME
TORONTO — The boisterous crowd at BMO Field stuck around long after the final whistle blew to give Toronto FC players a standing ovation.
It was a festive occasion inside the stadium, and even though it was a meaningless match and TFC were long eliminated from playoff contention, supporters showed their appreciation for the team’s efforts by applauding them off the field.
That was Oct. 20, 2007, when the Reds battled back to earn a 2-2 draw in their final home game of their inaugural Major League Soccer season.
There were no similar scenes at BMO Field on Saturday afternoon, exactly five years later, when Toronto escaped with a 0-0 draw against the Montreal Impact in its last home game of the regular season.
This result dropped TFC’s anaemic record to 5-20-8, and extended the club’s winless skid to 13 consecutive league games. Eliminated from playoff contention with six weeks left in the season, last-place Toronto is 0-9-4 since a 2-1 win over Colorado on July 18.