MLS odds: Toronto FC at Chivas USA
Two struggling teams face off Wednesday night at StubHub Center outside Los Angeles as Chivas USA hosts Toronto FC. A pair of clubs in real need of a buoying victory meet on Wednesday evening when Chivas USA play host to Toronto FC at StubHub Center. Chivas USA have now gone 14 league matches without a victory, returning home off a 3-1 loss to Philadelphia Union last Friday. Toronto FC saw their current winless streak extended to four games, starting off their road swing with a 3-0 loss at Sporting Kansas City. Chivas opened as a +125 WagerWeb favorite.
Toronto FC has parted ways with captain Darren O’Dea in another move to clear space under Major League Soccer’s salary cap. The club was without O’Dea for Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City as the team finalized the defender’s transfer to a team in Ukraine. The transfer also opens up an international spot, which is the second one acquired this month following a trade with Chivas USA. O’Dea has one goal and one assist through 17 games with TFC this season. He last played for Toronto on July 3, a 3-3 draw with the Montreal Impact at BMO Field, where he scored his only goal of 2013. Fellow defender Steven Caldwell wore the captain’s armband for TFC in Saturday’s loss in Kansas City.
Chivas USA’s winless streak is one game shy of the club record, tied for the third-longest winless run in MLS history and matches the longest ever contained within a single season. For the third time in the last four matches, Chivas USA failed to win after scoring the opening goal. They conceded equalizers in the 88th minute June 29 vs. New England, and the 80th minute July 7 vs. Montréal. Chivas is 2-2-2 when scoring the opening goal, the worst winning percentage in MLS. Toronto FC have now won twice in their last 32 league matches.
These two teams are meeting for the only time this season in league play. Chivas USA haven’t lost to Toronto FC in the last four meetings between the clubs. They have three wins in that time, including a 1-0 victory in the only meeting a season ago, April 14 at BMO Field. Chivas USA have won all five meetings in the series played in Carson. TFC has scored just once in those games, that goal coming in a 3-1 loss in 2008, now 330 minutes without a road goal vs. Chivas.