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  • March 24, 2012
  • • 1:10 PM
  • • BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
  • Referee: S. Petrescu
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MLS Preview: Toronto FC - San Jose Earthquakes

Though Toronto has found success in the CONCACAF Champions League, it will want to impress its fans at home after opening the MLS campaign with a 3-1 loss at Seattle.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
Toronto (4-3-3): Kocic; Eckersley, Acevedo, Harden, Morgan; De Guzman, Dunfield, Silva; Johnson, Koevermans, Soolsma.

INJURY REPORT

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)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Adrian Cann (R knee surgery recovery)

San Jose (4-4-2): Busch; Beitashour, Bernardez, Morrow, Corrales; Chavez, Cronin, Moreno, Salinas; Lenhart, Wondolowski.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: MF Joey Gjertsen (R knee surgery); DF Tim Ward (L non-specific soft tissue injury)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Though Toronto caused a shock by eliminating Los Angeles from the Champions League on a 4-3 aggregate scoreline (including a 2-1 win in LA), the team fell flat in its MLS opener. A fine strike from Ryan Johnson proved a rare highlight in an otherwise sorry 3-1 loss to Seattle.
  • San Jose failed to make it two from two as poor finishing and a lack of ideas saw the Earthquakes fall 1-0 to Houston in San Francisco.
  • Ryan Johnson has been the breakout player of 2012 so far for Toronto FC. He has a goal in each of the Reds' three competitive games so far and also set up a goal in their 2-1 upset of Los Angeles. In San Jose he faces the club that traded him in July 2011.
  • San Jose playmaker Tressor Moreno got his first MLS minutes in the loss to Houston. After some positive showings in midweek training sessions could be ready for his first MLS start.
  • Toronto lost the influential Torsten Frings for four to six weeks to a hamstring strain suffered in the loss against Seattle. His absence could potentially be a major boon for the 'Quakes' hopes going forward.
  • Toronto's Doneil Henry and Matt Stinson are on duty with the Canada U23s for Olympic qualifying, and San Jose is in the same boat with Ike Opara, who is with the U.S. U23s.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Toronto

SJ Earthquakes

Wins
1
2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Toronto FC TOR
Toronto FC Toronto
Draw
San Jose Earthquakes SJE
San Jose Earthquakes SJ Earthquakes
31%
23%
46%

Top 3 Predictions

Toronto FC TOR
2 - 1
San Jose Earthquakes SJE
Toronto FC TOR
0 - 2
San Jose Earthquakes SJE
Toronto FC TOR
1 - 1
San Jose Earthquakes SJE

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