Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Depleted Toronto FC Looks to End Seven-Year Winless Run against Galaxy

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Depleted Toronto FC Looks to End Seven-Year Winless Run against Galaxy

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A Toronto win in L.A. is a galaxy away

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TORONTO - It's been more than seven years since Toronto got the better of the Los Angeles Galaxy in MLS play.

Toronto has gone 0-4-5 (including 0-3-2 at the StubHub Center) since defeating Los Angeles 2-0 on May 21, 2008, at BMO Field. Toronto swept the series that year, downing the hometown Galaxy 3-2 on April 13.

Last October, the last time Toronto played the Galaxy in L.A., the visitors were beaten 3-0.

If Toronto wants to end that winless run Saturday, it will have to do it on the road without at least four starters. The Gold Cup has claimed American stars Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore as well as Canadians Ashtone Morgan and Jonathan Osorio.

Influential French midfielder Benoit Cheyrou, who has been sidelined by a calf injury of late, did make the trip to the West Coast and could return after a two-game absence.

Los Angeles has lost Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes to the U.S. team while goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is with Panama for the CONCACAF championship.

Still Toronto coach Greg Vanney says his international call-ups are "amongst the most devastating of any of the teams in the league"

Vanney can shift Justin Morrow back to his normal left fullback slot in place of Morgan with Warren Creavalle or Nick Hagglund options at right back.

In midfield, Collen Warner is Bradley's usual deputy. Marky Delgado has impressed since returning from playing for the U.S. at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, with Canadian Jay Chapman and Brazil's Jackson also available.

England's Luke Moore is not with the team due to a death in the family. So Robbie Findley is likely to step in for Altidore up front.

"I think we have good depth," said Vanney. "We have good experience and we also have some good youth in the group that really are deserving of an opportunity at this point anyway."

"We have quality players who can get the job done," echoed Delgado.

The Galaxy (7-6-7) have had an up-and-down year but have been rock solid at home where they are 7-1-2 this season, outscoring the opposition 19-5.

"They've dismantled a couple of teams over the last few weeks at home especially," said Vanney, referring to recent wins of 5-0 over Portland, 5-1 over Philadelphia in league play and 6-1 over PSA Elite in U. …

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