April 1, 2011 MLS--Can Reds Conquer Chivas? (from MLSsoccer.com)
Can Reds Conquer Chivas?
Reds to face Goats less than 24-hours after dealing De Rosario.
April 1, 2011
After getting their first victory of the campaign, Toronto FC remain at home for a second week, taking on Chivas USA. They'll take on the Goats less than 24 hours after dealing superstar Dwayne De Rosario to the New York Red Bulls in exchange for 21-year old Tony Tchani, left back Danleigh Borman and a first round draft pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Both new acquisitions are eligible to suit up for the Reds. TFC bounced back from a First Kick loss in Vancouver with a win against the second expansion team last weekend, defeating Portland 2-0. Chivas USA are on the road for the first time, after starting the season with a pair of home losses.
TORONTO FC Toronto FC began the home portion of their 2011 season with a victory, defeating the Portland Timbers 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field. TFC has 3 points from 2 games on the season. LAST MATCH Toronto FC took the lead in the 14th minute when Maicon Santos feathered a perfect pass into the Portland area toward a streaking Dwayne De Rosario. De Rosario then laid the ball off to Javier Martina, who fired a low drive past Timbers keeper Adin Brown. Martina put the game out of reach in the 70th minute with a brilliant piece of skill. TFC goalkeeper Stefan Frei sent a 60-yard pass up field that the Dutchman took on one touch and volleyed over Portland substitute 'keeper Jake Gleeson. TFC ended the game a man down after Mikael Yourassowsky was sent off in the 84th minute after receiving a second booking, this one for failing to leave the field quickly enough when being substituted. TFC head coach Aron Winter made two changes from the team that fell 4-2 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Empire Field. Mikael Yourassowsky came into the back four Nana Attakora, and Alan Gordon started up top in place of Nick Soolsma. TORONTO FC (4-2-1-3): Stefan Frei - Dan Gargan, Ty Harden, Adrian Cann, Mikael Yourassowsky (sent off 84) - Nathan Sturgis (Alen Stevanovic 46), Jacob Peterson - Maicon Santos (Gianluca Zavarise 69) - Javier Martina (Ashtone Morgan 87), Alan Gordon, Dwayne De Rosario. CHIVAS USA Chivas USA lost for the second consecutive week at home to start the season, falling 1-0 to the Colorado Rapids on Saturday evening at The Home Depot Center. Chivas USA have no points from 2 games on the season. LAST MATCH The lone goal of the game came in the 32nd minute. Colorado's Jamie Smith played a ball to the streaking Amarikwa behind the Chivas USA defense. The young forward beat the offside trap and danced around Chivas USA goalkeeper Zach Thornton for the finish. Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser made three changes to the team that lost 3-2 to Sporting Kansas City at The Home Depot Center. Michael Lahoud and Blair Gavin came into the midfield while Victor Estupiñan started up top, with Alejandro Moreno and Zarek Valentin on international duty and Francisco Mendoza going to the substitutes’ bench. CHIVAS USA (4-1-2-3): Zach Thornton - Heath Pearce, Ben Zemanski, Jimmy Conrad, Ante Jazic (Tristan Bowen 76) - Michael Lahoud - Nick LaBrocca, Blair Gavin (Mariano Trujillo 32) - Marcos Mondaini (Francisco Mendoza 64), Victor Estupinan, Justin Braun REFEREE: Baldomero Toledo. SAR (bench): Ian Anderson; JAR (opposite): Frank Anderson; 4th: Juan Guzman Toledo MLS Career: 107 games; Fouls called/game: 25.2; Yellow cards/gm: 3.8; Red cards: 42; Penalties: 42 INJURY REPORT: TORONTO FC – OUT: MF Elbekay Bouchiba (sprained knee); QUESTIONABLE: MF Julian De Guzman (knee surgery recovery); DF Nana Attakora (knee) CHIVAS USA – OUT: MF Blair Gavin (L hamstring strain); MF Paulo Nagamura (L calf strain); DOUBTFUL: DF Jimmy Conrad (concussion); MF Simon Elliott (R knee sprain) INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: TOR: Doneil Henry (Canada U-20) … CHV: Zarek Valentin (U.S. U-20s) SUSPENDED: TOR: Mikael Yourassowsky (through April 3) HEAD-TO-HEAD ALL-TIME (8 meetings): Chivas USA 6 wins, 15 goals … Toronto FC 2 wins, 5 goals … Ties 0 AT BMO FIELD (4 meetings): Toronto FC 2 wins, 4 goals … Chivas USA 2 wins, 6 goals … Ties 0 RETURN MATCH: September 24, 2011: Chivas USA vs. Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m. PT LAST YEAR (MLS): August 7, 2010: TOR 2, CHV 1 (Attakora 21; Barrett 32 – Maldonado 66) October 9, 2010: CHV 3, TOR 0 (Flores 51; Padilla 88; Espinoza 90) Chivas USA won on their first two trips to BMO Field, but Toronto FC have won the last two meetings in Canada, including a 2-1 decision last Aug. 7. TFC has lost all four games at Chivas USA. The Reds have been shut out in three of those meetings; they have not scored in their last 240 minutes vs. Chivas at The Home Depot Center. Coaches record: Aron Winter v CHV: first game … Robin Fraser vs. TOR: first game
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