Soccer  > General Soccer  > Toronto's chance to stop Orozco again
September 21, 2010, 09:52 AM
Toronto FC is the only team so far to contain Javier Orozco in the CONCACAF Champions League. Now it needs to do it again.

The Mexican Apertura leader hosts Toronto on Tuesday in Estadio Azul, Cruz Azul looking to take a major step toward the Champions League quarterfinals, and Toronto simply looking to keep pace.

Cruz Azul and Real Salt Lake head into the fourth round with six points each atop Group A, while Toronto and Arabe Unido have three each. Arabe Unido hosts Real Salt Lake on Wednesday in Panama.

When Cruz Azul and Toronto met last, the Mexican side rested most of its starters, including Orozco, and lost 2-1. Orozco played the final 27 minutes, but was kept out of the net.

This week, Cruz Azul will be at home, riding a six-game winning streak and face a Toronto side having just ended a seven-game losing streak with a 2-1 league victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. This is in addition to Orozco, who scored three goals in 27 minutes against Arabe Unido on Wednesday, has 10 goals in just four CCL games, and has scored three goals or more in each of his three starts this season in the CCL.

The 23-year-old recent Mexcian national team call-up also has six goals in the Apertura, helping Cruz Azul to seven wins in eight matches and the league's best record (7-0-1).

Toronto hopes its win over Houston on Saturday is a sign its fortunes are turning. The two goals against the Dynamo were the most it has scored since beat Cruz Azul on August 17, and gave interim coach Nick Dasovic his first victory since replacing Preki last week. Outplayed for much of the match, it still needed two second-half free kicks by Dwayne De Rosario to beat Houston.

Likewise, Real Salt Lake will look to use the momentum of two straight wins, three in its last five and a streak which has seen it beaten only once in 12 games (5-4 at Cruz Azul on August 25) to subdue Arabe Unido.

The defending MLS champion is tied atop Group A with Cruz Azul, but behind based on head-to-head results.

Salt Lake's latest victory, 1-0 on Saturday over Chicaco, set the MLS home unbeaten record downing at 23 games. Costa Rican international Alvaro Saborio provided the scoring with a 45th-minute penalty kick, his ninth goal of the season adding to his five in the Champions League.

For Arabe Unido, goals have been at premium in the Champions League, with only two in its three matches. It's also winless in its last four games in all competitions, including Saturday's 1-0 Panamanian league loss to Sporting San Miguelito.

The game could be rough, considering the first meeting between Arabe Unido and Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah, a 2-1 Salt Lake win on August 18, had eight yellow cards, two red cards - both to Arabe Unido, and an injury time penalty by Saborio.


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