Carson, CA (Sports Network) - Erick Torres scored on his Chivas USA debut to
help the club snap a 14-game winless run on Wednesday as the Goats earned a
1-0 victory over Toronto FC at the StubHub Center.
Torres made his first MLS appearance since joining the Goats from Chivas de
Guadalajara, and he marked it with a vital goal to give his side its first win
since March 30.
Chivas (4-11-5) improves to 17 points on the season but still remains seven
points adrift of a place outside of the Western Conference cellar.
The match turned in Toronto's favor in the 25th minute when Eric Avila was
harshly sent off for a challenge on Darel Russell.
But despite playing down a man, Chivas had the better run of play and nearly
opened the scoring when Tristan Bowen broke free on the right flank in the
60th minute and fired a low cross into the box. Torres collected the delivery
and found himself one-on-one with Joe Bendik, but the Toronto goalkeeper
pulled off a miraculous save to keep the match scoreless.
Torres ultimately had the last laugh, though, as he collected another pass
from Bowen in the 79th minute, drifted inside and fired a shot that took a
deflection on its way past Bowen.
Toronto (2-10-7) created little in the way of scoring chances throughout the
match, bringing the club's winless run to five games.
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