and that is what happens when you have five or six players not playing up to their capabilities," said Soehn. "It's no time to hang our heads given the tightness of the playoff race -- we are going to need to adjust quickly."
After missing two league matches to sports hernia surgery, Clyde Simms returned to his role as a deep-lying central midfielder.
"I'm glad I got that first 90 minutes under my belt," said Simms. "It was a struggle at some points of the game, fitness wise. With an injury like this (hernia) you can only do so much until you get back on the field -- you can run as much as you want but match fitness is completely different and it just takes more games to get it back."
The Toronto game kicked off a daunting stretch, who face 10 games in a 31-day span. United also faces road trips to Chicago and Dallas, as well a Champions League match in Trinidad, before they hit a stretch of five consecutive home games from the middle of September.
"It's going to be a time where we have to dig into our roster and share the wealth so that not too many guys get gassed," said the United boss. "With these CONCACAF matches, you have to look at each opponent as a two-game series. So it's not a one-game thing. You have to do what you need to do on the road and make sure you take care of home games."
However, United's Champions League campaign did not get off a good start, falling 3-1 to CD Marathon of Honduras on Tuesday in San Pedro Sula. After Walter Martinez was given a gift goal in the first half, Luciano Emilio bravely headed home three minutes into the second half to level terms. But Jerry Palacios scored the game-winner in the 83rd minute, then Mario Berrios converted a penalty kick on the second try after Josh Wicks' save of the first was nullified by encroachment into the area.
Here's Soehn's team: Here's Soehn's team: Josh Wicks - Avery John, Devon McTavish, Julius James, David Habarugira (Clyde Simms 76), Greg Janicki, Ben Olsen, Ely Allen (Rodney Wallace 59), Andrew Jacobson, Luciano Emilio, Jaime Moreno (Santino Quaranta 46)
LOS ANGELES GALAXYThe Los Angeles Galaxy returned to their winning ways in fine fashion, going to Toyota Park and coming away with a 2-0 victory against the Chicago Fire on Wednesday evening. The Galaxy moved right back up into second place in the Western Conference 34 points from 22 games, five points behind MLS overall leaders Houston Dynamo.
The Galaxy had seen a six-game unbeaten streak come to an end at home against Seattle Sounders FC the week before, while the Fire were coming off a 2-0 road win at Kansas City after their five-game unbeaten run had come to an end.
The Galaxy took a deserved lead after 23 minutes. Jovan Kirovski burst out of midfield and laid the ball off to Mike Magee on his left. Magee cut inside in the area and the Chicago native lashed a low shot past Jon Busch for his sixth goal on the season.
The visitors doubled their lead nine minutes after the break. Again it was Kirovski and Magee involved with a pair of one-touch passes, the second sending Landon Donovan to run onto a through ball all alone behind the Chicago defense. Donovan took it into the area before cutting an angled shot from the right under Busch and into the net for his 10th goal on the campaign, one off the league lead.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made four changes to the team that lost 2-0 to Seattle Sounders FC the week before. David Beckham and Eddie Lewis were suspended and Chris Klein and Alan Gordon went to the substitutes' bench, as Landon Donovan, Dema Kovalenko, Chris Birchall and Mike Magee came into the team.
Here's Arena's team (4-1-3-2): Donovan Ricketts (Josh Saunders 85) - A.J. DeLaGarza, Gregg Berhalter, Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant - Stefani Miglioranzi - Dema Kovalenko (Chris Klein 46), Landon Donovan, Chris Birchall (Tony Sanneh 68) - Mike Magee, Jovan Kirovski. Substitutes Not Used: Alan Gordon, Leonard Griffin, Bryan Jordan, Kyle Patterson
"Both teams were coming off weekend games, and it's never easy. I give our team a lot of credit for recovering after a disappointing loss on Saturday and ready to play in Chicago on Wednesday. That's a great win for our team," said Arena.
The victory continued a torrid streak for the Galaxy, who now have six wins and a draw in their last eight games, since the middle of June. The stretch began after their only consecutive losses of the season, though they won just twice in their first 14 games.
"Our guys have played well over the last seven or eight games, it's put us right back in the thick of things. Coming here and playing solid defensively and getting the first goal of the game was critical. I think our guys, tactically, played a really good game," said Arena.
After starting 10 consecutive games, Magee was starting for just the second time in the last five contests. But he took advantage to be a part of both goals - before a crowd full of family and friends in his hometown.
"I've been on the bench for a while, so I was the fresh one," Magee said. "You know, (David) Beckham getting a red card, they had to bring in a couple of guys, with Eddie Lewis getting a red card as well. I just felt good. I got some pretty good opportunities and I took advantage of them."
In the Galaxy's first 11 games, Landon Donovan had six goals and four assists and was involved in 10 of the Galaxy's 13 goals to that point. Since returning from his long stretch of international duty, Donovan now has four goals and one assist, with the Galaxy having scored nine goals since his return for the July 11 game. But the goal against Chicago was his first without David Beckham on the field.
"Not having David on the field hurts us for sure. The guys that played tonight did a great job, we kept them from having a shot on goal. It was a good day for us," Donovan said.
The game was Donovan's 200th league appearance. "I'm very proud of it. At the end of day, it doesn't mean a whole lot, I'd like to have 200 more but I am proud that I've been able to stick around that long," he said.
Donovan Ricketts is expected to be available for the match after again being forced from the field during a game, this time after suffering a cut over the eye in the 84th minute against Chicago. Ricketts was forced to leave after the 29th minute of LA's 1-1 draw with the Kansas City Wizards on July 25, crashing into the goalpost trying to keep out Claudio Lopez's midfield shot, but he was able to start the next game.