May 2, 2011 MLS--Poor Weekend For Toronto & Edmonton (from TorontoFC.ca)
Poor Weekend For Toronto & Edmonton. Asif Hossain TorontoFC.ca May 2, 2011 Toronto FC wasn’t alone in feeling the fallout of a miserable weekend. The Reds’ next opponent, FC Edmonton, lost their North American Soccer League match 5-0 to future Major League Soccer expansion team Montreal Impact. This was the new Alberta side's first league appearance at home. Edmonton will now make a trip to BMO Field for the first time ever, carrying a 3-0 opening leg deficit against Toronto in the semifinals of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship. Should Toronto be able to close out the visitors Wednesday night (8 p.m. kickoff on Rogers Sportsnet), the Reds will then play another two legs in the NCC Final against either Vancouver Whitecaps FC or Montreal. Currently, Vancouver holds a 1-0 lead in the other semifinal over Montreal, after defeating the Impact at its own stadium last week. In the aftermath of last weekend’s 3-0 loss in Seattle, Toronto remains rooted in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, with seven points from eight games. TFC sits seven points behind East leader New York Red Bulls and five back of the final automatic playoff berth, held down by Toronto’s next MLS opponent, Houston Dynamo. Staying with Houston, the Texas side opened the final weekend of MLS action in April with a 4-1 thrashing of D.C. United, in which first year forward Will Bruin scored a hat-trick. The 2011 MLS SuperDraft pick is up to four goals now in the season and his career. Philadelphia continued to keep pace with New York atop the East with a 1-0 victory at home over San Jose. Last season’s revelation Sebastien Le Toux struck from the penalty spot to take his first goal of 2011 and the three points for Philadelphia. The Union sits one point behind the Red Bulls. Columbus can claim it has never lost to Canadian opposition in regular season play after beating Vancouver 2-1 with an Emilio Renteria brace. The Venezuelan forward is on fire recently, having scored the equalizer at BMO Field on April 23 in their Toronto draw. Elsewhere in the East, New York beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 with former Notts County striker Luke Rodgers notching his third goal of the season; Chicago won a point away to MLS Cup champion Colorado with a 1-1 final; and like Toronto, New England suffered a humbling experience away to Chivas USA, losing 3-0. Former Red Nick LaBrocca opened the scoring in that contest. In all-Western affairs, Salt Lake’s miserable week ended with a 1-0 defeat in Portland. Three nights earlier the Royals conceded the 2010/11 CONCACAF Champions League title to Mexican side Monterrey at home. Finally, May began at Los Angeles’ expense when Dallas beat the visiting Galaxy 2-1 in Frisco to take the maximum points on Sunday. Despite losing, Los Angeles continues to lead the league with 15 points, albeit with two more games played than New York which has 14. The two teams lead their respective conferences. Philadelphia and Houston round out the top three in the East; Salt Lake and Seattle doing the same out West.
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