April 8, 2011 MLS--Reds Try To Shake The Quakes (from MLSsoccer.com)
Reds Try To Shake The Quakes
Toronto FC faces San Jose away on Saturday night.
April 8, 2011
Toronto FC midfielder Julian de Guzman The San Jose Earthquakes and Toronto FC are both looking to get back to their winning ways when the clubs meet at Buck Shaw Stadium (Saturday 10:30 p.m. ET on GOL TV Canada). The Quakes returned home last weekend, twice coming back in a 2-2 draw with Seattle Sounders FC. TFC is on the road for a lone game out of five, coming off a 1-1 draw at BMO Field with Chivas USA last weekend.
TORONTO FC Toronto FC remained unbeaten at home on the young season, coming back for a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field. TFC has 4 points from 3 games on the season, in a four-way tie for third place in the Eastern Conference. LAST MATCH * Chivas USA took just three minutes to jump into the lead. Chivas midfielder Jorge Flores pushed into the TFC area, but his shot was blocked. But Alejandro Moreno was first to the loose ball, pivoting around Nana Attakora and poking the ball home past a charging Stefan Frei. * But the home side pulled even nine minutes before the halftime break when Alan Gordon was left unmarked in the box and easily headed in Jacob Peterson’s freekick from the left side. * TFC head coach Aron Winter made four changes from the team that defeated the Portland Timbers 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field. Nana Attakora came into the back four and Alen Stevanovic made his first start for the club, while Danleigh Borman and Tony Tchani were also put into the team just hours after being acquired from New York. Dwayne De Rosario had been traded, Mikael Yourassowsky was suspended, and Nathan Sturgis and Dan Gargan dropped. * TORONTO FC (4-2-1-3): Stefan Frei – Ty Harden, Nana Attakora (Dicoy Williams 65'), Adrian Cann, Danleigh Borman – Jacob Peterson (Julian de Guzman 46'), Tony Tchani – Maicon Santos – Javier Martina, Alan Gordon, Alen Stevanovic (Joao Plata 70')
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES The San Jose Earthquakes returned home and gained their first point at Buck Shaw Stadium this season, with a 2-2 draw against Seattle Sounders FC. The Quakes have 4 points from 3 games on the season, tied for fourth in the Western Conference. LAST MATCH * Sounders FC took the lead after just 17 minutes. Mauro Rosales shook free of Sam Cronin on the dribble, then slotted a low centering pass to Brad Evans, who then beat Chris Leitch to the ball and knocked it home from point-blank range. * The Quakes pulled level in the 32nd minute. Bobby Convey threaded a great pass through three defenders. Dawkins raced to it and, from 12 yards out, placed a left-footed shot just beyond Kasey Keller’s reach, tucking it neatly inside the far post. * Seattle nosed back in front just before the interval. Steve Zakuani floated a cross into the six-yard box for O'Brian White, who fended off Jason Hernandez and struck a diving header that left Busch helpless. * But San Jose leveled again through a majestic goal. Khari Stephenson, who had come on at the half, powered\ home a blistering 35-yard strike in the 52nd minute that Keller got his left hand to but couldn’t keep out. * Earthquakes boss Frank Yallop made no changes to the team that defeated FC Dallas 2-0 at Pizza Hut Park. * SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (4-1-4-1): Jon Busch – Chris Leitch (Ike Opara 70'), Jason Hernandez, Brandon McDonald, Ramiro Corrales – Sam Cronin - Joey Gjertsen (Khari Stephenson 46'), Chris Wondolowski, Simon Dawkins (Scott Sealy 85'), Bobby Convey – Ryan Johnson. REFEREE: Ramon Hernandez. SAR (bench): Kermit Quisenberry; JAR (opposite): Mike Kampmeinert; 4th: Dan Fitzgerald MLS Career: 29 games; Fouls Called/game: 28.5; Yellow cards/game: 4.3; Reds: 7; Penalties: 6 INJURY REPORT SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES – OUT: MF Andre Luiz (L knee injury); FW Scott Sealy (R shoulder sprain); DOUBTFUL: DF Tim Ward (R hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Omar Jasseh (R hamstring strain); FW Steven Lenhart (R knee arthroscopy); FW Ellis McLoughlin (back strain) TORONTO FC – OUT: MF Elbekay Bouchiba (knee sprain) INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none SUSPENDED: none HEAD-TO-HEAD ALL-TIME (6 meetings): Earthquakes 2 wins, 8 goals … Toronto FC 2 wins, 9 goals … Ties 2 AT BUCK SHAW STADIUM (2 meetings): Earthquakes 1 win, 4 goals … Toronto FC 2 wins, 6 goals … Ties 0 RETURN MATCH: August 27: Toronto FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 7 p.m. ET LAST YEAR (MLS): May 29: San Jose 1-3 Toronto (SJ: Corrales 76' - TOR: Barrett 31' De Rosario 66' 90') September 25: Toronto 2-3 San Jose (TOR: De Rosario 66' Maicon Santos 79' – SJ: Wondolowski 3, 53, 67) * The road teams won both meetings a season ago, TFC winning 3-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium on May 29, and the Quakes winning 3-2 on Sept. 25 at BMO Field. * In six all-time meetings, the home team has won just once: a 2-0 Earthquakes victory at Buck Shaw Stadium on Oct. 25, 2008. Coaches record: Frank Yallop v TOR: P8 W3 L2 D3 … Aron Winter vs. SJ: first game
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