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TFC pins first loss on Chivas USA
April 22, 2009, 9:55 PM
Filed under: Chivas USA, Toronto FC

Toronto FC knocked Chivas USA from the ranks of the undefeated with a 1-0 victory Wednesday night at BMO Field.

Amado Guevara’s third goal of the season gave Toronto (2-2-2) its first victory since the opener in Kansas City on March 21.

Toronto beat Chivas (4-1-1) for the first time in five games since joining MLS in 2007. Toronto entered the game never having earned a point from the Los Angeles team in four matches, having been outscored 9-2.

Toronto broke through in the 36th minute as Guevara received a header from forward Danny Dichio, who was making his first start of the season, and then outfought the Chivas defenders.

Toronto came close to scoring again in the 44th minute as forward Chad Barrett took a pass and ran between two defenders but goalkeeper Zach Thornton blocked his shot.

Dichio tested Thornton with a header in the 62nd minute, but the goalkeeper made a reflex save.

Toronto coach John Carver watched the game from the box area above the stands as assistant Chris Cummins handled team from the sidelines. Carver was fined $750 for comments he made about the refereeing in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to FC Dallas but was not suspended.

Midfielder Paulo Nagamura, who missed Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Seattle because of a suspension, was back in Chivas’ starting lineup. He took the brunt of a hard foul in the 38th minute from Dichio, who was shown a yellow.

Toronto midfielder Dwayne De Rosario suffered a torn hamstring in the loss to FC Dallas and will be out at least two games.

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Watch Chivas USA vs TFC: LIVE!
April 22, 2009, 8:28 AM
Filed under: Chivas USA, Toronto FC

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Depleted TFC in tough against powerful Chivas
April 22, 2009, 8:24 AM
Filed under: Chivas USA, Toronto FC

Less than one-quarter of the way into the season may be too early to talk about must-win games.

But Toronto FC players, winless in their last four games, clearly understand the importance of tonight’s tilt against Chivas USA, the first of three straight at BMO Field.

“It’s massive,” midfielder Carl Robinson said of the need to get the homestand off to a good start. “If you’re going to push for the playoffs, which is our aim, then you’ve got to win your home games.

“We’ve got to make sure that we make this a fortress again,” Robinson said yesterday at BMO Field.

TFC, which in its first two seasons in Major League Soccer has been much better at home, has so far this year played its best soccer on the road.

On Sunday, TFC lost 3-2 at FC Dallas. They battled back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the second half before a questionable penalty call in the 84th minute handed the win to the home side.

It was their third straight solid effort away from home, following a win and a tie to start the season.

At home, meanwhile, they played poorly in dropping a 2-0 game to Seattle and then were better but surrendered a tying goal with three minutes to go against FC Dallas.

Why TFC cannot put together a full 90-minute effort – home or away – is “the million-dollar question,” Robinson said.

“We know we’ve got it in us,” he said. “It’s just a matter of getting that consistency.”

Getting their first home win tonight was already a tall order for TFC against league-leading Chivas. But the task against the southern California-based team is tougher as Dwayne De Rosario is out with a hamstring injury.

“He’s definitely out for two (games) and maybe more than that,” said coach John Carver.

De Rosario, who was nursing a sore hamstring after an April 11 game here, went down in pain after apparently pulling it Sunday.

The extent of the injury to De Rosario, who was noticeably limping yesterday, won’t be known until he has it scanned.

“He won’t be under any pressure to come back before he’s right,” said Carver, adding it could take three or four weeks for De Rosario to heal.

“We’re going to have to pick up some slack. Dwayne’s a big guy in our offence,” said striker Chad Barrett, who scored his first goal of the season Sunday. “But we’ve got some big guys on our bench, too … and any of those guys can come in and do a good job.”

The injury might open the door for Pablo Vitti to line up alongside Barrett, or see Rohan Ricketts once again start in the midfield.

Despite the loss Sunday, Carver said there were “an awful lot of positives you can take from the game,” especially the way the team bounced back after going down 2-0.

And, despite the fact TFC is looking to break into the win column at home, Carver insisted the pressure is on Chivas “because they’ve got to keep that (undefeated) run going.

“All good things come to an end and hopefully we can do something about that (tonight).”

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Ruiz to Chivas USA?
January 29, 2009, 8:30 AM
Filed under: Chivas USA, Former TFC Players, Rumor, Toronto FC

According to THIS fox sports report (en espanol), former TFC striker Carlos Ruiz will be signing a deal with Chivas USA.

Toronto FC acquired Ruiz in August 2008 from the LA Galaxy in exchange for first and second round picks in the 2009 MLS supplemental draft, plus salary considerations.