Doneil Henry

Reds Ready For Arabe Unido

CONCACAF Champions League, Group A, Matchday 6

Toronto FC (1-2-2, 5 points, 3rd place in Group A) vs. Árabe Unido (1-4-0, 3 points, 4th place in Group A)

Árabe Unido lead the all-time series 1-0-0


Game Intro

Little is on the line in the final match of the group stage for both clubs. Neither can advance with a win, so they’ll look to avoid the Group A basement. Árabe Unido’s lone group stage win was against Toronto FC in Panama and the Reds will look to avenge that loss, a game marred with what the Reds thought was suspect officiating. The game also marks Toronto’s final home match of 2010.

Toronto FC

Toronto will go with a youth movement for this one. Interim coach Nick Dasovic said after the weekend’s draw with Columbus that he’ll call up four players from the Academy and give them a long look. Midfielder Nicholas Lindsay, a former Academy player, played well against Columbus and may be in the starting lineup along with fellow homegrown signee defender Doneil Henry.

Árabe Unido

Árabe Unido are in the thick of the race for top spot in the Liga Panamena de Futbool (ANAPROF). On, Saturday they beat Chepo FC to move into fourth place, four points behind leader San Francisco FC. Despite Mario Mosquera’s three goals, scoring has been a challenge for the club in both their domestic league and the CCL, with their two-goal outburst against Chepo the first time they’ve scored two or more goals in league play since Aug. 29, a streak of six games. In those six games, they’ve scored just four goals.

Heroes & villains

Dwayne De Rosario vs. José Calderón: The Toronto captain will look to return from his suspension in a big way and give the TFC faithful something to cheer about in this disappointing season. Árabe Unido's 'keeper could have his hands full trying to contain a determined De Rosario, who’s played well in CCL matches this year.

Stat that makes you go “Hmm"

Toronto are winless in their last six games overall at BMO Field after going unbeaten in their first 15.