Soccer  > General Soccer  > Toronto, RSL seek rare away wins
August 24, 2010, 10:45 AM
Major League Soccer clubs aren't usually in this position in the CONCACAF Champions League.

But Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC have an opportunity to take command of Group A with away victories in the second round of play.

Toronto travels to La Chorrera, Panama, to take on Arabe Unido on Tuesday, a day before Real Salt Lake will be in Mexico City to face Cruz Azul.

Victories are rare in Central America for MLS teams, and even rarer in Mexico. But With wins, both clubs would jump out to a six-point lead.

RSL's takes a six-game unbeaten streak in all competitions into its match in Estadio Azul, but MLS teams are winless in 17 tries in Mexico with only two draws in the CONCACAF club championship.

The defending MLS champion beat shorthanded Arabe Unido 2-1 on Wednesday, getting two goals from Costa Rican international Alvaro Saborio, one on a penalty in second-half injury time.

Cruz Azul, which has reached the finals of the Champions League the past two years, will be out to avenge its opening group loss to Toronto. Enrique Meza's side is 4-1 in the early stages of the Mexican Primera Division's Apertura, winning at Chiapas this past weekend thanks to three goals by midfielder Christian Gimenez.

RSL will have to be wary of Gimenez, who has four goals in his last two matches.

However, Jason Kreis' also has momentum, which has carried it within striking distance of the Western-Conference leading Los Angeles Galaxy.

RSL has scored a league-leading 36 goals and conceded the second-lowest (16).

Goals haven't been as easy for Toronto FC, which is coming off the high of its win over Cruz Azul and a 4-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.

Toronto surprised many with its upset of group favorite Cruz Azul at home last week, taking control of the match from the start.

But after the defeat to New York,the Reds will need to rebound if they hope to repeat the Montreal Impact's quarterfinal run during the 2008-2009 Champions League.

The game is the third of four in just 11 days and with only two days off and a long flight. Fatigue may be a factor. Striker Chad Barrett returned from injury, but Maicon Santos is still hobbled.

Arabe Unido will be without right back Nahil Carroll and central defender Andres Santamaria, who were both sent off against RSL.


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