United 2, Toronto FC 0

Chris Pontius and Hamdi Salihi scored second-half goals and D.C.

United beat Toronto FC 2-0 on Saturday, relegating the Reds to the

worst start in MLS history at 0-8-0.

Toronto broke the record of 0-7-0 set by Kansas City in 1999.

The league record for the longest overall losing streak is 12 by

the New York-New Jersey MetroStars in 1999.

”We can’t go on like this. I can’t go on like this,” Toronto

forward Ryan Johnson said. ”It’s eating me up inside. I can’t

handle it any more. … It’s embarrassing, I think. It’s

embarrassing that the fans come to watch us and we’re just playing

so defensive.

You saw the frustration for me because I felt we were on our

heels the whole time just waiting for them to play the ball. We

were just sitting in our half the whole time. We did that the last

game against Montreal and it was the worst.”

Pontius curled a left-footer past the diving Milos Kocic in the

55th minute, and Salihi scored in the 75th after Toronto failed to

clear a corner kick. D.C. United improved to 5-3-3.

Toronto’s lone victory this season came March 14 against Los

Angeles in CONCACAF Champions League play. Overall in MLS, CONCACAF

Champions League and Canadian Championship play, Toronto is


”We’re walking on eggshells,” Toronto midfielder Julian de

Guzman said. ”Once they crack, everything just falls apart. I

don’t think that should be happening. Especially at home when you

have your fans behind you.”