Toronto FC players, coaches and training staff left BMO Field for Carson, California on Thursday morning. There, at The Home Depot Center on Saturday night, Toronto will face league-best Los Angeles Galaxy (7:30 p.m. ET on GOL TV Canada).
Saturday will be the start of a hefty week for Toronto. They'll play three games in seven nights with a cross-country midweek tilt in New England next Wednesday before returning to BMO Field for Seattle on June 18. Toronto has 13 points from 14 games. With the 2-1 victory by Columbus over Salt Lake Wednesday night, Reds sit five points adrift of the third and final automatic MLS Cup Playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Los Angeles tops the league table with 30 points, five more than Dallas though the Texans have two games in hand.
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[inline_node:6395]Toronto forward Alan Gordon along with wingers Jacob Peterson and Gianluca Zavarise all passed fitness tests this week to travel with the Reds to California. The additional attacking options will be a boon to head coach Aron Winter as two of Toronto's last three league games produced scoreless draws.
Gordon spent nearly seven seasons with Los Angeles, winning an MLS Cup in 2005 in between loan spells to then A-League outfit Portland Timbers.
Defender Nana Attakora sustained a leg injury against Kansas City last Saturday that required him to be substituted late in the contest. Attakora received treatment away from first team training this week and is not expected to be with the squad in Los Angeles. The news is similar for Alen Stevanovic.
Toronto players on Gold Cup duty - Dicoy Williams and Julian de Guzman - enjoyed very different outcomes this week. Williams played the full 90 minutes for Jamaica's 4-0 Group B opening victory over Grenada, while de Guzman was cautiously left out of Canada's 2-0 loss to the United States in Group C. It has been reported that a calf injury to the Toronto midfielder has raised concerns for Canada coach Stephen Hart.
Canada's next match will be Saturday at 6 p.m. against Guadeloupe. Jamaica takes on Guatemala Friday evening.
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