FC Dallas visits new-look Toronto


It has been almost two weeks since Toronto FC suffered back-to-back embarrassing defeats.

Several members of the current roster were not responsible for those duds.

With over a week off and a bevy of turnover to the squad, new-look Toronto hopes to come out with a stronger effort Wednesday night when it hosts FC Dallas.

Toronto (3-9-9) hasn't played since failing to record a shot on goal in a 2-0 loss to Houston on July 9. That lackluster performance came three days after it lost 5-0 to New York, matching the most lopsided defeat in franchise history.

"What can you take positive from these two games? You can say they are over," goalkeeper Stefan Frei told Toronto's official website.

"We need to think about our next two games. We have some reinforcements coming in."

Since losing to the Dynamo, Toronto -- 1-6-5 in its last 12 -- has made several moves to bolster its roster.

The team acquired forward Ryan Johnson from San Jose, midfielder Terry Dunfield from Vancouver, and defender Andy Iro and midfielder Leandre Griffit from Columbus. It also added two international transfers in German midfielder Torsten Frings and Dutch forward Danny Koevermans.

Frings earned 79 caps for Germany and played in two World Cups, while Koevermans tallied 34 goals in 91 games for PSV Eindhoven since 2007.

"We can't put everything on their shoulders," Frei said of the new additions. "But we need to just focus, work hard and try to come back better next game."

Dallas (10-5-5) is also focused on looking ahead after being shut out for the second straight time with Saturday's scoreless draw against D.C. Dallas had notched eight goals in winning three straight prior to the blankings.

Although Dallas didn't get three points, it clearly outplayed United, outshooting them 14-5 and misfiring on at least three excellent chances from close range. Brek Shea, second in MLS with eight goals, missed an uncontested shot in the 20th minute, while Jackson Goncalves and Marvin Chavez had shots bounce off the post.

"This wasn't one of those games where I thought we played badly," coach Schellas Hyndman told FC Dallas' official website. "I thought [D.C.] did a good job of stopping us from doing the things that we wanted to do and then I think we missed some great opportunities."

Dallas took advantage of a golden opportunity in its first meeting with Toronto on May 11, as Daniel Hernandez converted a penalty kick in first-half injury time in a 1-0 win. It was the Dallas captain's first goal since the 2002 playoffs.

Dallas is 3-0-3 in the last six meetings in this series but has never won in Toronto, going 0-2-2.