MLS Preview: Chivas USA - Toronto FC
Toronto has never beaten Chivas USA in California, but Saturday's game is a must-win. A loss could eliminate TFC from the playoffs.
By Zac Lee Rigg
|Chivas USA (4-4-2): Kennedy; Umana, Lopes, Pearce, Jazic; Flores, Elliott, LaBrocca, Mondaini; Angel, Moreno.||
OUT: MF Paulo Nagamura (R foot)
PROBABLE: DF Heath Pearce (hamstring)
|Toronto FC (4-3-3): Frei; Eckersley, Harden, Iro, Morgan; Dunfield, de Guzman, Avila; Soolsma, Koevermans, Johnson.||
OUT: MF Elbekay Bouchiba (R knee surgery recovery); DF Adrian Cann (R knee surgery recovery); DF Dicoy Williams (R knee surgery recovery); MF Joao Plata (L hamstring strain); MF Oscar Cordon (R hip flexor)
DOUBTFUL: DF Demitrius Omphroy (R knee swelling)
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If results elsewhere go unfavorably, a loss could mathematically end Toronto FC's chase for a playoff spot.
- Chivas USA, five points away from the last playoff spot, has won every historical home meeting with Toronto, for a 4-0-0 record at the Home Depot Center.
- Danny Koevermans scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Tauro FC in CONCACAF Champions League play midweek. The Dutchman now has seven goals in eight games since joining MLS as a Designated Player, and TFC has won the last four games with Koevermans involved.
- Saturday's match kicks off a four-match homestand which will last the Goats the rest of the season. The only 'away' game left on Chivas USA's schedule will take place at the Home Depot Center, with the LA Galaxy hosting on Oct. 16.
- In the reverse fixture, the sides drew 1-1 on April 2 at BMO Field. Alejandro Moreno and Alan Gordon scored the goals.
- Josh Beaumont, the Goats' former head trainer, filed suit against former striker Ante Razov, Chivas USA, and Major League Soccer for an alleged attack in 2009 in which Razov is purported to have punched Beaumont in the head three times, requiring surgery and dental work.
Top 3 Predictions
Chivas USA 3-0 Toronto FC
- 18.18 %
Chivas USA 1-3 Toronto FC
- 18.18 %
Chivas USA 1-2 Toronto FC
- 18.18 %
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Jul 17, 2013||Chivas USA 1 - Toronto FC 0|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Apr 14, 2012||Toronto FC 0 - Chivas USA 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Sep 24, 2011||Chivas USA 3 - Toronto FC 0|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Apr 2, 2011||Toronto FC 1 - Chivas USA 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Oct 9, 2010||Chivas USA 3 - Toronto FC 0|
|Oct 26, 2013||Chivas USA 0 - Portland Timbers 5||MLS|
|Oct 23, 2013||Real Salt Lake 2 - Chivas USA 1||MLS|
|Oct 6, 2013||Los Angeles Galaxy 5 - Chivas USA 0||MLS|
|Sep 29, 2013||Chivas USA 0 - San Jose Earthquakes 1||MLS|
|Sep 21, 2013||Houston Dynamo 5 - Chivas USA 1||MLS|
|-||Juan Pablo Angel||Striker|
|-||Julian De Guzman||Defender|
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