Soccer  > General Soccer  > Arabe Unido holds off nine-man Toronto
August 25, 2010, 11:16 AM
LA CHORRERA, Panama - Fidel Ceasar scored his first goal of the season in the 40th minute and Arabe Unido defeated a nine-man Toronto FC 1-0 on Tuesday to maintain its home dominance in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Arabe, which lost its Champions League opener 2-1 on an injury time penalty last week in Salt Lake City, won for the fifth time in seven games in the confederation championship, having lost only once.

The result extended the futility of U.S. Major League clubs in Panama, who remained winless in four games in the CONCACAF club tourney.

Arabe Unido had the better of play in a ragged first half but neither team created much danger until the goal.

Mario Angulo turned on a shortly played free kick tand shot wide in the 30th and Manuel Mosquera was played behind the Toronto defense into the area only to take a bad first touch and knock it over the byline.

Oscar Londono curled a corner into the middle of the area, where Rolan de la Cruz headed on to the back post. Ceasar settled with a touch, volleying the bounce from the edge of the six-yard box back across to the far post, where it struck O'Brian White guarding the line and eventually cleared by Nick LaBrocca but not before apparently crossing the line.

Toronto, coming off a 4-1 loss to New York in its Saturday league match, started the match without several regulars including Dwayne DeRosario, Mista and Dan Gargan. Manager Preki inserted DeRosario to start the second half, sparking Toronto's play.

But much of the momentum was lost when Nick LaBrocca was sent off by Salvadoran referee Marlon Mejia in the 50th minute after colliding with Arabe Unido goalkeeper Jose Calderon sliding for a loose ball in the area.

Arabe Unido also was short-handed, playing without Nahil Carrol and Andres Santamaria, who were ejected from the loss to Real Salt Lake.

Preki also inserted Gargan and Joseph Nane, and Toronto regrouped to regain the majority of possession. Its best opportunity came in the 87th when Fuad Ibrahim had one shot from the middle of the area that Calderon blocked and DeRosario was able to turn on the rebound, which also was blocked.

Ibrahim was sent off after sliding in on Calderon, earning one yellow, and then apparently for criticizing Mejia.

Arabe Unido will resume its Champions League schedule in three weeks at home against Cruz Azul while Toronto will travel to face MLS rival Real Salt Lake.


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