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Toronto FC not reading into drop in crowd numbers

Toronto FC's director of marketing and communications Cesar Velasco insists that the poor turnout for Saturday night's clash with DC United is not too much of a worry.

Less than 16,500 fans showed up at BMO Field to watch their side lose 3-0, which was lower than the 20,000 average, but Velasco says it was simply because of the poor weather.

"I think it was more than anything just a bad night," Velasco told The Canadian Press.

"And they had come from a game on Wednesday night (against LA Galaxy) that was the highest attendance that we've ever had . . . I don't think it was a reflection of anything.

"That's why I'm saying it's not a reflection of anything. I don't think it's any message from the fans."

Velasco insisted that the recent weather in Toronto had not assisted the club's plight but was confident things would get better.

"Some teams have more luck than others," he added. "It was ours to suffer this year with so many games so early in the season.

"And the weather hasn't helped. It's been a long winter, it's been a lousy winter. Everyone is just waiting for that sun to come and start warming up.

"So I think that this is something that we need to deal with, but we're bringing all of this to the league and trying to learn from this for the next season."

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Andrew Slevison
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