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Chivas USA-Toronto FC Preview
By ALAN FERGUSON
(AP) -- A lack of scoring has played a significant role in Toronto FC matching its worst start in franchise history, and it might not have much luck breaking out of that slump in its next game.
While Chivas USA has also had trouble scoring, it's shown some skill in containing opponents and will try to do the same in Saturday's visit to winless Toronto.
Toronto has been outscored 9-2 through its first four games and Danny Koevermans registered one of those goals last week at expansion Montreal. However, it was far too late to avoid another defeat, and the Impact's 2-1 victory was its first as an MLS franchise.
Toronto (0-4-0) played short-handed after defender Logan Emory was given a red card in the 65th minute.
"We all still believe in what we have here," defender Ty Harden told the league's official website. "We still all believe in what we're doing. I think we have the team. I think our team knows that."
Toronto, which started 0-4-0 during its inaugural 2007 campaign, will try to prove that against Chivas USA (2-3-0), which has yielded one goal or fewer in each game this season.
The team has gotten points out of those defensive efforts in two of the last three contests, and had its best offensive performance last weekend in Portland.
Alejandro Moreno and Nick LaBrocca scored second-half goals in that 2-1 victory, Chivas' second road win in as many tries, and tripled the team's scoring output for the season. Casey Townsend had scored Chivas' only other goal during a 1-0 victory at Real Salt Lake on March 24.
Chivas, which has lost 1-0 in each of its three home games, will seek to match the longest road win streak in team history Saturday. It won three in a row from Sept. 20-Oct. 11, 2008.
"We need to carry on the things we did this past Saturday," Moreno said. "This will be a tough test in Toronto. This is a team that's struggled a little bit in the early part of the year. They need a result. I'm sure they're going to come with some intensity ... For us, it's important that we match that."
Chivas might have some help in that attempt after acquiring midfielder Paolo Cardozo from Los Angeles for defender David Junior Lopes on Tuesday. Cardozo was the 16th overall pick in the 2011 SuperDraft.
Chivas is 2-0-1 in its last three games against Toronto, prevailing 3-0 in each of those wins. However, it's also 0-2-1 in its last three visits to BMO Field after winning its first two games there. The teams played to a 1-all draw in Toronto last April.
This is the only meeting between the clubs this season.
Updated April 13, 2012