Nine points out of the playoff picture with seven games remaining, things are looking bleak for defending MLS champion Toronto FC.
And at least in one quarter, the writing is on the wall.
“Realistically it’s not likely we’re going to make it, to be honest,” said defender Gregory van der Wiel.
“We’re not going to give away the last games … We’re going to fight here, give it our everything for the fans, for the people, for ourselves to finish the season well,” he added.
Toronto (7-14-6) hosts the Los Angeles Galaxy (10-10-8) on Saturday.
The Galaxy have their own problems, parting ways with head coach Sigi Schmid this week after a six-game winless streak (0-3-3) that has seen them outscored 18-8.