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Michael Bradley apologizes to TFC fans after dismal performance vs. DC United

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The captain was straight to the point Saturday night after the Reds suffered their worst loss in franchise history.

MLS: Toronto FC at D.C. United
; Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley (4) walks off the pitch after Toronto FC’s game against D.C. United at Audi Field.
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TORONTO, Canada—Toronto FC put forth arguably their worst performance in franchise history on Saturday night, conceding a record seven times to DC United, a team that scored just 10 times all season, and falling 7-1—their largest margin of defeat ever.

After the match, captain Michael Bradley spoke to media where he took a moment to bluntly apologize to TFC fans for the club’s poor performance.

“After 90 minutes like that, there’s nothing to say. We let ourselves down. We let our fans down and we let everybody who follows us down. Not even close to good enough. Not who we are, and I’m sorry,” said Bradley. “When you play like that, when you lose like that, words mean nothing afterwards.”

The 33-year-old midfielder, who has been with the club since 2014, would go on to say that Saturday night was one of his worst days at the club, before going out of his way to defend head coach Chris Armas, who many have pointed the finger at for the Reds’ dismal run of play this season.

“Yeah, one of my worst days at the club for sure,” said Bradley. “Like I said, we’re not in a good way right now and it’s nobody’s fault but ours, the players. People want to look around and point fingers and say it’s Chris’s fault, he’s not done a good enough job. Bullsh*t. The players, we have to look at ourselves and find more.

“I’ve not done a good enough job as captain. I’ve not been a good enough leader. I’ve not been a good enough player and people should look at that, people should look at the guys on the field. It’s too easy, too convenient to look at everything — to look at everything else. Like I said, we’re going to work to put this right but obviously right now, it couldn’t be a worse moment. There’s no two ways about it.”

When asked whether or not Armas still had the full support of the locker room, the skipper was quick to respond.

“Yes, 1,000 percent. 1,000 percent.”

With 23 games left to play, Toronto FC have five points from 11 matches this season and are on pace for their worst season in franchise history. They’ve now dropped six straight matches and are currently last place in Major League Soccer, despite having one of the highest-spending payrolls in the league.

It won’t get any easier as the Reds are back in action on Wednesday when they take on the Eastern Conference leaders New England Revolution.