Wizards vs Toronto FC Preview

By: By ANTHONY GIORNALISTA, STATS Senior Writer
By: By ANTHONY GIORNALISTA, STATS Senior Writer

The Kansas City Wizards don't seem shaken up after being shut out for the first time this season. Perhaps it's because a home game against Toronto FC gives them a very good chance to bounce back.

Finding the back of the net hasn't been a problem for teams playing at home against Toronto, which will try to avoid being swept in its season series with the Wizards on Sunday night.

Kansas City (6-4-2) took 14 shots - five on goal - but couldn't convert in a 1-0 loss to Houston last Sunday. The Wizards dominated the first half, reaching the break with an 8-1 advantage in shots and 4-1 in shots on goal, but lost their second straight after a four-game unbeaten streak.

Kansas City, tied with D.C. United for third place in the Eastern Conference, is winless in its last three matches (0-2-1). Coach Curt Onalfo, though, seems confident the Wizards will eventually break out.

"We're extremely dangerous," Onalfo said after the team's matchup with the Dynamo. "We're not going to let that result mess with the mood in this locker room."

The Wizards have scored once in their last two games after netting 10 goals in their previous three. They have been dominant in two games against Toronto (4-7-1), though, outscoring the expansion franchise 4-0.

In the first meeting between the teams, Kansas City beat Toronto 3-0 at Arrowhead Stadium. This will be the second of six straight road games for Toronto, which has yet to win away from BMO Field, getting outscored 14-2.

"Hopefully we'll turn it around now because we're going be on the road for a while," Toronto defender Jim Brennan said. "We're going to have to turn it around. We've got good players here who know how we play. But, we just got to get things right."

Toronto began its road stretch with a 3-0 loss to New England on June 23, falling into last place in the East.

It was the first time Toronto allowed three or more goals since its first meeting with Kansas City, but it has struggled on defense all season, with opponents finding the back of the net 21 times.

Toronto traded defenders with New York on Wednesday in an effort to change up its backfield, acquiring Todd Dunivant for Kevin Goldthwaite.

Dunivant played in seven matches for the Red Bulls, who also have been struggling on defense. He had two goals and two assists in 22 games last season, but has yet to be involved in a scoring play in 2007.


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