for TFC, the fourth game in their 10-match run without a goal in setting an all-time MLS goalless record.
Coaches record: Bruce Arena vs. TOR: P4 W3 L1 D0 ... Chris Cummins v LA: P1 W0 L1 D0
LAST MEETING (MLS):
6/6: TOR 1, LA 2 (Dichio 64 - Gordon 5; Buddle 77)
The Los Angeles Galaxy got a late goal for a 2-1 win at Toronto FC on June 6 at BMO Field.
The visitors took just five minutes to take the lead. A corner kick came in deep from the right and Alan Gordon was left completely unmarked, heading home from the top of the six.
The Reds pulled even in the 64th minute. From a wild goalmouth scramble, Marco Velez's header came back off the post, and a shot on the rebound was blocked by prone LA goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. But Danny Dichio was there to nod home that rebound from almost on the goal line.
But the Galaxy hit for the winner in the 77th minute. In a sweeping movement out of midfield that featured a pair of one-twos initiated by Edson Buddle, Gordon sent him in alone behind the TFC defense with the second of the return passes, and Buddle coolly curled a shot around 'keeper Stefan Frei on the run.
Here's Cummins' team (4-2-1-3): Stefan Frei - Kevin Harmse, Adrian Serioux, Marco Velez, Jim Brennan (Rohan Ricketts 56) - Sam Cronin, Carl Robinson - Pablo Vitti (Johann Smith 82) - Chad Barrett (Emmanuel Gomez 86), Danny Dichio, Dwayne De Rosario. Substitutes Not Used: Brian Edwards, Gabe Gala, Greg Sutton
Here's Arena's team (4-4-2): Donovan Ricketts - A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Tony Sanneh (Leonard Griffin 74), Todd Dunivant - Chris Klein (Edson Buddle 66), Dema Kovalenko, Josh Tudela, Eddie Lewis - Mike Magee (Stefani Miglioranzi 64), Alan Gordon. Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Jordan, Jovan Kirovski, Kyle Patterson, Josh Saunders
LOS ANGELES GALAXY
The Los Angeles Galaxy conceded the most goals in club history, falling 6-3 to FC Dallas last Saturday evening at The Home Depot Center. The Galaxy still sit in second place in the Western Conference with 38 points from 25 games, two points behind division leaders Houston Dynamo.
The Galaxy had lost just once since the end of June and had recorded three consecutive shutouts. FC Dallas was coming off a 2-2 home draw with D.C. United that extended their winless streak to three games and put their playoff hopes in real jeopardy.
But FCD was two goals in the lead by the 25-minute mark. In the seventh minute, Dave van den Bergh hammered a free kick that took a deflection in going through the wall to wrong-foot goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, then in the 25th, Cunningham scored a terrific goal, expertly bringing down a cross from the right flank and then poking it past Ricketts from inside the box.
But before the half was out the Galaxy were level. In the 26th minute, A.J. DeLaGarza ran onto a quickly-taken David Beckham free kick, and while his shot was saved by Dario Sala, the rebound hit FCD defender Jair Benitez into the head and sailed into his own goal. But in the 42nd, DeLaGarza did have his first professional goal to celebrate, sweeping home a rebound from the heart of the area after Sala had kicked out a Jovan Kirovski angled shot.
The visitors then exploded for four goals in a 15-minute span. In the 71st minute, Cunningham danced around Gregg Berhalter on a couple of occasions in the right corner before laying the ball into the goalmouth for Dax McCarty to pound high into the goal. Then 11 minutes later, McCarty whipped in a cross from the right flank from a cleared corner and Atiba Harris flung himself for a diving header for his first goal with FC Dallas.
A minute later, David Ferreira took the ball in midfield and scampered 50 yards forward into the left of the Galaxy penalty area before slotting a low shot past Ricketts inside the far post. Then in the 86th minute, Cunningham made it 6-2 when he took a pass from Brek Shea on an odd-man counter and lashed home a low drive from the right corner of the box, his 12th of the year and 116th of his league career, now all alone in second all-time.
The Galaxy pulled a goal back in the 90th minute when Edson Buddle headed home a Beckham corner for his fourth goal on the year. The six goals for FCD tied the club record set twice previously -- the second time just five games earlier in a 6-0 demolition of Kansas City on Aug. 1 at Pizza Hut Park.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made no changes to the team for a second consecutive week, keeping the same group together since Aug. 22.
Here's Arena's team (4-1-3-2): Donovan Ricketts - A.J. DeLaGarza (Tony Sanneh 46), Gregg Berhalter, Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant - Stefani Miglioranzi - Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Eddie Lewis (Chris Klein 74) - Jovan Kirovski (Edson Buddle 69), Mike Magee. Substitutes Not Used: Chris Birchall, Alan Gordon, Bryan Jordan, Josh Saunders
"I think that the score tonight was fair. We were awful from the opening kickoff and deserved everything we got," Arena said. "I think I have to take full responsibility for this performance tonight. When a team performs like that, they obviously haven't been pointed in the right direction. A poor performance ... an embarrassing performance, but a most fair result in my view."
The six goals allowed marked a club record, surpassing the five goals conceded on three occasions - last in a 5-4 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Aug. 18. 2007. Bruce Arena was involved with that one as well - in charge of the Red Bulls.
"We've had too many games this year that we've been good and too many good performances to think this is the pattern. I have seen this before - this looked like a 2006-2008 Galaxy team," Arena said. "We have to make that disappear real quick. We were wrong right from the start this game, for whatever reason, and that is my responsibility."
The Galaxy came into the game off three successive shutouts and six in their last 10 games. They had allowed multiple goals in a game just six times on the season, with a season-high of three coming just once.
"The way we played we deserved to give up six (goals) and get beat like that," goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts said. "I think we can learn from it. Every season I think you get a bump in the road like this, and it's important we learn and learn quickly and move on. It's only one game. If we were losing like this week in and week out we'd have a problem. But it's just a blip and hopefully we'll rebound as quickly as possible."
Rookie defender A.J. DeLaGarza scored his first professional goal and was unlucky not to have the second when his saved shot rebounded off FCD defender Jair Benitez for an own goal. But DeLaGarza, who has started every game since May 23, is questionable for the Toronto match after being forced from the field at halftime with a knee bruise.
"I scored my first professional goal, but it is a disappointing loss. I don't even know, I can't even explain it right now. I haven't been part of six goals against my team I don't know for how long," he said. " ... I am excited for the goal I scored. Everybody asks me what I want to work on my game, and it's attacking. I think my defensive work is fine, but attacking, I want to get forward more. I am not at all pleased, but it's a good start."
Edson Buddle made his first appearance since July 16, and celebrated with his fourth goal on the season.
"It was good to be back, and get a goal. But, the way we played, this year it's been collective. That's why we are getting good results," Buddle said. "I am a big believer in that now. We are going to do a good job in training, and starting from the drawing board again. As of myself, I am about 90 to 95 percent, so I feel pretty good, but there is a little bit of pain left, but it will all go away."
Toronto FC came back for a win in the back end of their home-and-home series with the Colorado Rapids, winning 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field. TFC has 34 points from 25 matches, now in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, still eight points behind pace-setting Columbus.
Toronto FC and the Colorado Rapids were meeting in the back end of their home-and-home series, a Conor Casey giving Colorado the 1-0 win in Commerce City. TFC was back home after suffering two losses and a scoreless draw on a three-game road swing, while the Rapids were coming off their first back-to-back wins since the second and third weeks of the season.
Toronto opened the scoring in the 19th minute, when Marvell Wynne put in a cross from the right flank where Dwayne De Rosario nipped in front of teammate Pablo Vitti to collect the ball and fire home through a tangle of players for his 10th goal on the season and TFC's first in 314 minutes.
But Colorado were level just four minutes after the second-half restart when Kosuke Kimura cross from the right corner fell perfectly for Casey at the far post, and he headed back inside the right post for his league-leading 13th goal on the season.
Yet TFC took control with two goals three minutes apart. In the 71st minute, rookie O'Brian White scored his second career goal, rounding a defender to get onto the end of a De Rosario through ball and sending a wonderful flick over Preston Burpo inside the right post. Then in the 74th minute, Nana Attakora got onto the end of a corner kick to head home his first professional goal.
The Rapids pulled a goal back late when Michael Holody poked home a ball from a crowded penalty area, his first professional goal.
TFC interim head coach Chris Cummins made two changes to the team from the first leg 1-0 loss in Colorado. Amado Guevara came back from international duty and Ali Gerba was given his first MLS start, in place of Emmanuel Gomez and the suspended Amadou Sanyang.
Here's Cummins' team (4-4-2): Stefan Frei - Marvell Wynne, Nana Attakora, Nick Garcia, Jim Brennan - Pablo Vitti (Lesly Fellinga 68), Sam Cronin, Amado Guevara, Dwayne De Rosario - Chad Barrett (Emmanuel Gomez 87), Ali Gerba (O'Brian White 68). Substitutes Not Used: Brian Edwards, Gabe Gala, Fuad Ibrahim
For 20-year-old Nana Attakora, his goal was his first as a professional and his first at any level of competition since playing for the Canadian under-20 team in 2006.
"Chris told me before the game that I had to start scoring on set-pieces," Attakora said. "I got my head towards it and it went in. ... I'm a center back, you're supposed to go [towards the net] on a corner in that situation."
"We're not blessed with 6-4 lads and I think it's about attitude when you go into the box," Cummins said. "If you've got the right attitude to get across people, be aggressive and maybe take a whack in the face. I said to Nana, 'you're not the best looking kid so stick your head in there, it's not going to matter. He's been strong, he's been aggressive and he has to come up with more goals. You know with Amado he's going to put the ball in there ... it was a great header by the lad."
Coming off a road trip where Toronto FC took just one of a possible nine points, the win was vital to keep alive the club's hopes of a first-ever playoff appearance. The trip to Los Angeles will be the first of two more road games back-to-back.
"Especially with two more home games after this one, we needed as many points at home," Attakora said. "Chris told us he wanted us to be pressing everywhere and no matter how he won, he wanted us to win the game. We did that, we didn't win pretty."
After two games in four days with the Honduras national team, Cummins had planned on leaving Amado Guevara out of the starting lineup. But Carl Robinson reinjured his ankle in pregame warm-ups after battling the injury all week long, and Guevara was inserted into the first XI.
"Obviously Robbo we left as late as possible with his ankle and he was good to start, but then he rolled over it in the warmup," Cummins said. "So I went up to Amado and asked him 'do you fancy 90?' We just had to slot him in. ... I didn't want to leave him in for the full 90 but as it happened we had to. I just felt he gave us that quality that he's got."