Chivas USA-Toronto FC Preview
An unbeaten record at home has Toronto FC thinking of a playoff
berth. Failing to win on a regular basis on the road could
ultimately keep the club out of the mix.
Toronto will try to continue dominating at home Saturday against
last-place Chivas USA, which is coming off an impressive victory to
Toronto improved to 5-0-4 at BMO Field after a 1-1 draw with
Dallas on July 24. The Reds have a 12-4 scoring advantage at home,
but playing outside Canada has doomed the club for much of
A 1-0 loss at Kansas City on a tipped ball that hit the
underside of the crossbar July 31 left Toronto with a 1-6-1 road
“I for sure thought we didn’t deserve to lose. Not that we
played great … we made one mistake and we paid for it,” Toronto
coach Preki told the team’s official website. “Right now goals and
chances are not coming easy for us … (but) we don’t have time to
With 23 points, Toronto trails second-place New York by four,
but has only a three-point lead over fourth-place Chicago, and the
Fire have two games in hand. Preki said his team must step up if
Toronto wants to play beyond the regular season.
“We have a lot of talented players up top but right now making
chances is difficult for us,” he said. “If we want to get to the
playoffs that has to change.”
Toronto has only 19 goals this year, with Dwayne De Rosario (8)
and Chad Barrett (5) combining for 13.
The Reds have dropped five of six against Chivas, including a
2-0 defeat in the most recent matchup on Aug. 22 in southern
A six-game losing streak from May 8-June 26 dropped Chivas
(5-9-3) into last place in the West. However, the Goats are 2-0-2
in their last four matches after a stunning 3-1 win over
East-leading Columbus last Saturday.
Justin Braun and Blair Gavin had first-half goals and Carlos
Borja also scored for the Goats, who won at home for the first time
since April 10.
“This has been our biggest win this year. From the first minute
until the 90th, we played well,” said coach Martin Vasquez.
Chivas has scored seven goals during the unbeaten streak, and
bolstered the offense Thursday by acquiring striker Alan Gordon
from Los Angeles for allocation money. Gordon has 16 goals in 99
career MLS matches.
“Alan is a big and strong striker who can put the ball in the
net,” Vasquez said. “As we continue to reshape our roster as we
push for a spot in the playoffs, this move gives us depth up
Chivas also will be facing Preki for the first time. He coached
the Goats from 2007-09, making the playoffs each season, and was
MLS coach of the year in his first year.
“We are going to play against a very difficult team at their
home,” said Vasquez, an assistant for two seasons under Preki.