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Toronto FC-Revolution Preview
By SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN
(AP) -- It's been an eventful week so far for Toronto FC, which has traded away one of its stars after earning a big victory.
The club will play for the first time since dealing Julian de Guzman as it tries for its first road win in seven tries against the New England Revolution on Saturday night.
De Guzman is a Canadian international who played in Germany and Spain prior to joining his hometown MLS club in 2009 as a Designated Player. He has seen his playing time decrease this year and was traded to FC Dallas on Friday for fellow midfielder Andrew Wiedeman, opening the door for Toronto (3-11-4) to sign an international star.
"Losing someone like Julian is never easy but this deal gives us increased flexibility to address areas where we have more pressing needs and opens up a Designated Player spot for our club," coach Paul Mariner told Toronto's official website.
De Guzman's last appearance for Toronto came when he played 60 minutes as a starter Wednesday in a 3-2 home victory over Vancouver. All the scoring took place in a wild second half, with Terry Dunfield coming through with the winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
"It's all about the state of mind," Mariner said. "If you keep telling yourself that you're tired, then you are tired. But if you're willing to drive on, as we did for 90-plus minutes tonight, then anything's possible."
TFC improved to 2-2-4 since Mariner replaced Aron Winter as coach June 7.
The Revolution (6-7-4) are 4-0-3 in their last seven home games, and they've outscored Toronto 14-3 in going 4-0-2 in six previous matchups at Gillette Stadium.
Toronto blew a two-goal lead in a 2-2 home draw with New England on June 23, but the Revolution were still impressed with what they saw from the league's worst team.
"Toronto's a changed team since Paul Mariner has taken over," Revolution defender Chris Tierney said. "They're well organized and they have guys that can hurt you so it'll be a tough test for us and we'll have to be at our best."
New England salvaged a point in the first meeting when substitute Blake Brettschneider scored in the 71st minute and Tierney tallied in stoppage time.
"We'll be confident in the way we played there," Tierney said. "We had a good amount of the ball and used it pretty well in the second half so we'll try to carry that momentum over."
The Revolution are completing a three-game homestand after beating New York 2-0 on Sunday. Lee Nguyen notched his third goal and substitute Jerry Bengtson scored in his MLS debut.
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth recorded his fourth career victory in his first start with New England. Coach Jay Heaps opted to rest veteran Matt Reis, and has not decided on a starter for Saturday.
Heaps will be without midfielder Kelyn Rowe, who was suspended one game for a reckless challenge in the 87th minute versus the Red Bulls.
Updated July 13, 2012