“Yeah, no one [on the Impact] wanted to play. That’s true,” Binks said. “But I don’t think we can use that as an excuse. The final decision was to play, so we played the game. We weren’t good enough. They were pretty better than us. They had more chances than us.
“There are a lot of boys in the changing room, if not everyone, who felt that the right decision was to support what’s going on and try to make a stand against what’s going on in the U.S. And we thought it would be quite powerful if two Canadian clubs – although it’s not happening in Canada, racism happens everywhere – but although what happened didn’t happen directly in Canada, we thought it would be good for us to show our support.
“But for whatever reason that didn’t happen. And we played the game. But I don’t think we can use that as an excuse to say that’s why we didn’t win or that’s why we didn’t play as well as we can.”
Binks indicated there was outreach to Toronto FC to express the Impact’s stance, but “that’s where the message got lost,” according to Binks.
“They wanted one thing, we wanted another,” Binks said. “For whatever reason we didn’t come together to decide. We made it clear what we wanted but, yeah, the game got played. There was a divide between the two camps – they wanted to play, we didn’t. Obviously, like I said earlier, we can’t use that as an excuse that’s why we didn’t win because the final decision was to play. And me, personally, I wasn’t good enough tonight.”