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CONCACAF Champions League

  • March 28, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
  • Referee: R. Salazar
  • • Attendance: 18950

CCL Preview: Toronto FC - Santos Laguna

CCL Preview: Toronto FC - Santos Laguna

Otto Greule Jr

Toronto, missing two key defensive cogs, enters the CCL semifinal round having conceded six goals in the last two MLS matches. Santos, meanwhile, hasn't lost since February.

Toronto FC (4-3-3): Kocic; Morgan, Aceval, Harden, Eckersley; Silva, da Guzman, Dunfield; Johnson, Koevermans, Plata.


OUT: FW Nicholas Lindsay (L knee surgery recovery); DF Dicoy Williams (R knee surgery recovery); DF Jeremy Hall (sports hernia surgery recovery); MF Torsten Frings (R hamstring strain); GK Stefan Frei (L lower leg)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Adrian Cann (R knee surgery recovery)
Santos Laguna (4-4-2): Sanchez; Baloy, Galindo, Estrada, Mares; Luduena, Rodriguez, Crosas, H. Gomez; Peralta, Suarez.

  • Santos enters the game in roaring form, having won four in a row in the league. Most recently it bumped off Seattle Sounders FC in the CCL with an impressive 7-2 aggregate score.
  • American Herculez Gomez has eight goals in the past six matches in all competitions.
  • Toronto has lost both MLS matches since qualifying for the CCL semifinals. Both Seattle and San Jose put three goals past TFC's defense.
  • TFC coach Aron Winter also has to contend with crucial injuries. Designated Player Torsten Frings (hamstring) will miss a month and starting goalkeeper Stefan Frei (broken leg) will sit out two months.
  • After this match (8 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer), the tie will head down to Torreón on April 4. The winner advances to the CCL final.


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CONCACAF Champions League ‎(CCL)‎ 2012-10-24 Santos Laguna 1 - Toronto FC 0
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Available Squads
-Milos KocicGoalkeeper
-M. AcevalDefender
5Ashtone MorganDefender
2Ty HardenDefender
2Richard EckersleyDefender
-Julian De GuzmanDefender
19Reginald LambeStriker
-Terry DunfieldMidfielder
-Ryan JohnsonDefender
10Danny KoevermansStriker
-Nick SoolsmaStriker
12Brian RoweGoalkeeper
-Adrian CannDefender
4Aaron MaundDefender
12Luis SilvaMidfielder
-J. BurgosMidfielder
8João Plata CoteraStriker
1Oswaldo SánchezGoalkeeper
-J. EstradaDefender
-Santiago Abel HoyosDefender
-Aaron GalindoDefender
-O. MaresDefender
-Marc CrosasMidfielder
17Rodolfo SalinasMidfielder
28C. QuinteroStriker
-C. OchoaStriker
13C. SuárezStriker
-H. GómezStriker
-Miguel BecerraGoalkeeper
-César IbañezDefender
-F. BaloyDefender
45J. ToledoMidfielder
-C. MoralesMidfielder
-C. RamírezMidfielder
18O. PeraltaStriker

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