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  • November 28, 2017 7:30 PM PST

    TORONTO - Ryan Nelsen said Toronto FC has moved on from its 2-1 loss to Sporting KC over the weekend, but the state of officiating in Major League Soccer still seems to be weighing on the mind of the head coach. Diego Souza Jersey . On the eve of Torontos road game against D.C. United, Nelsen was still quite vocal on perceived officiating mistakes in the game against Sporting. Particularly irksome to the coach was an incident in the 23rd minute where Toronto striker Gilberto was taken down from behind by defender Aurelien Collin. "How on earth the right back didnt get a yellow card in front of the bench on the tackle on Gilberto is astonishing," Nelsen said after practice Tuesday. "By the letter of the law, you couldve had the whole back line sent off." Toronto failed to pick up points for the first time since July 5 in the match, which saw referee Ted Unkel hand out five eight cards (five to Toronto) and send off Kansas City captain Matt Besler in the 75th minute. Nelsen said that he hadnt yet heard from the league regarding a fine for his post-match tirade on Saturday, but he also wouldnt be surprised if he has to write a cheque. "My comments? I thought I was pretty good, wasnt I? Im probably going to get (fined)," said Nelsen, who admitted to taking time to cool off prior to meeting reporters following the game. "Ive heard rumours that a few of the boys might have lost their cool, and I cant really blame them to tell you the truth." Nelsen believes the lack of infrastructure within the game of soccer in North America is part of the reason he believes there are discrepancies in officiating between the MLS and leagues overseas. "Overseas, (officials) get experience in the lower leagues … they grow up and they get a feel for the game," he said. "(In North America), theyre learning the game as theyre officiating at the top level. "Theyre trying to get better and better. I take my hat off to them when I know theyre trying to get better. You cant ask for anything more from them." Toronto (7-6-5) hopes for a better result Wednesday, when it begins a stretch at D.C. (10-5-4) that will see them play four straight away from BMO Field. TFC has been effective on the road this season, having gone 2-2-4 and failing to pick up points just twice. "I think teams open up a bit more when theyre at home trying to be a bit more expansive," said Nelsen of the teams road success. "The way were set up, were pretty tight and pretty organized and then we can catch them in certain areas when they over play or they go with numbers forward." D.C. currently sits in seconds place in the Eastern Conference standings and won the only other meeting between the two sides — 2-1 on July 5. "It was quite harsh. Lesson learned," said defender, Bradley Orr of the previous meeting. "I thought wed done well in the game. It was unfortunate there to come away there with the defeat, but take nothing away from them, theyve come in and done well. Were going to try and replicate what theyve done to us. If we can get the three points, thatd be great." Toronto will be without defenders Doneil Henry (suspended), Steven Caldwell (quad) and Mark Bloom (MCL strain). As a result, Warren Creavalle, who was acquired from the Houston Dynamo on July 23, will likely make his TFC debut Wednesday. D.C. United has won three straight at home and are 6-2-3 at RFK Stadium this season. Ben Olsens side received some good news on the injury front this week as Argentine forward Fabian Espindola (knee) returned to training this week for the first time since suffering the injury July 11. Espindola still leads the Black-and-Red in both goals (7) and assists (8). Additionally, Chris Pontius (hamstring) has begun light jogging for the first time since undergoing surgery in late April. Neither will be available against the Reds. Toronto continues its road trip against the Montreal Impact Saturday. The Impact (3-12-5), sit 10th in the Eastern Conference with 14 points. Montreal defeated Toronto 1-0 in their last meeting, the Amway Canadian Championship final. Lucas Lima Jersey . -- First baseman Carlos Pena and outfielder Brennan Boesch have signed minor league deals with the Los Angeles Angels. Taison Jersey . The Tiger-Cats announced on Friday the linebacker has signed a new contract with the team through the 2016 season.MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Down by 10 points in the second quarter, their playoff chances fading, the Baltimore Ravens finally picked up a first down.After that, the Miami Dolphins couldnt stop them.The Ravens rallied with consecutive touchdown drives of 97 and 75 yards, then added the clinching score after a favourable replay reversal to beat Miami 28-13 Sunday.A gamble by coach John Harbaugh in the third quarter helped. The Ravens made a first down on fourth-and-1 in their own territory, jump-starting the TD drive that put them ahead.The victory gave Baltimore (8-5) a significant edge over Miami (7-6) in the AFCs scramble for a wild-card playoff berth. The Ravens also tightened the race for the AFC North title, helped by a loss by first-place Cincinnati (8-4-1) to Pittsburgh.Our fate is in our hands, Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs said. If we win, were in. Thats the mentality well have down the stretch.The Dolphins, who havent been to the post-season since 2008, are now a long shot with three games to go. Their frustration boiled over in the final minutes, when defensive tackle Jared Odrick yelled at coach Joe Philbin on the sideline after a long Ravens gain.Emotions were running high, Odrick said. I probably should have calmed down a little earlier.Said Philbin: Footballs an emotional game. We had a discussion. Ive already had another discussion with him. Football gets fiery out there. Its good.But the Dolphins showed little fire in the final three quarters, when they were outgained 425-161. The Ravens played 17 minutes before they made a first down and still finished with 26 first downs and 447 yards.Elvis Dumervil led Baltimores defensive charge with 3 1/2 sacks, increasing his season total to a franchise-record 16. Miamis Ryan Tannehill threw for 227 yards and a score, but was sacked six times.Baltimore allowed the Dolphins only 249 yards.We settled down and started grasping how they were trying to play us, Dumervil said. We started making plays.The Ravens Joe Flacco went 25 for 33 for 269 yards and two touchdowns, and overcame an interception in the end zone. He also ran for a score.Flacco and Harbaugh improved to 5-0 against the Dolphins, including four wins in Miami. The Ravens won without defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, suspended during the week for a performancce-enhancing substance violation, and they bounced back from a last-minute loss last week at home to San Diego. Casemiro Jersey. eve got a team thats playing pretty well right now and gaining some confidence, Flacco said.Leading 14-13, the Ravens were helped by a replay reversal midway through the fourth quarter. Flacco fumbled attempting to throw and Miami recovered, but a review determined his arm was moving forward when he lost the ball, and the play was ruled an incomplete pass.On the next play, Justin Forsett scored on a 2-yard run.The Dolphins gave up 183 yards rushing and have allowed 661 in the past three games.The Ravens went three-and-out on their first three possessions, but drove the length of the field in the final 3:08 of the first half, capped by Flaccos 1-yard pass to Steve Smith on third down with two seconds left. That cut their deficit to 10-7.When Baltimore went for a first down on fourth-and-1 at their 34 in the third quarter, Flacco gained 2 yards on a sneak.Weve got an offensive line that can do something like that, Harbaugh said. We had decided if we got close there, we were going to go for it.Flacco went on to hit Kamar Aiken with a 13-yard pass for the score and the lead.Miami was up 10-0 in the second quarter when a long completion and scoring threat were negated by a penalty on guard Mike Pouncey for being downfield on the play. That infraction seemed to deflate the Dolphins.Its definitely disappointing, especially having the lead, having the upper hand early on, then falling apart, Miami linebacker Jelani Jenkins said.Notes: Dolphins S Louis Delmas was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with a right knee injury. Jenkins left the game in the third quarter with a foot injury and didnt return. C Samson Satele left the game with an undisclosed injury in the fourth quarter. ... Ravens CB Anthony Levine left the game in the first quarter with concussion and didnt return. CB Danny Gorrer left the game with a knee injury in the second half and didnt return. ... Flacco was intercepted for the first time in four games. ... The Ravens three RBs combined for 156 yards rushing and averaged 6.8 yards per carry.___AP NFL website: and Steven Wine on Twitter: Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '