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Toronto FC hoping to rebound in Panama

Life gets no easier for Toronto FC.

Life gets no easier for Toronto FC.

Fresh off their first home defeat in a season-and-a-half, a result that imperils the Reds’ playoff chances, they travelled to Panama for tonight’s match in CONCACAF Champions League against CD Arabe Unido.

“We don’t have too much time to dwell on this,” TFC captain Dwayne De Rosario said after Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls that snapped a 17-game Major League Soccer home unbeaten streak at BMO Field. “Maybe that’s a good thing.”

Less than 24 hours later, they were on a long flight to Panama to face an Arabe Unido team accused of displaying dirty and shameful tactics in a 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake to open the group stage last week.

“We’ve got to pick ourselves up,” coach Preki Radosavljevic said after the loss to New York. “We don’t have too much time to feel sorry for ourselves.

“We have to really get up for the next few games.”

In addition to MLS travel and the game in Panama, TFC has Champions League matches in Salt Lake City and Mexico over the next month.

The Reds not only lost at home Saturday in MLS for the first time since a 2-1 setback against the L.A. Galaxy June 6, 2009; they also fell out of a playoff position with 10 games to go, a half-dozen of which are on the road.

TFC is now ninth in MLS and eight points behind New York for second in the Eastern Conference and the automatic playoff spot that goes with it.

The top two teams in each conference get post-season spots with the final four positions up for grabs among the other 12 sides in the league.

TFC will cap another busy week Saturday night at BMO Field by hosting Salt Lake, the defending MLS Cup champions, who are third overall in the 16-team league and unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions.

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