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Minda’s Scores Only Goal To Lift Chivas Past Toronto

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TORONTO, CANADA - MARCH 31: Chivas USA celebrate Oswaldo Minda goal against Toronto FC during MLS action at BMO Field April 14, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

TORONTO, CANADA – MARCH 31: Chivas USA celebrate Oswaldo Minda goal against Toronto FC during MLS action at BMO Field April 14, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

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TORONTO (AP) — Oswaldo Minda scored in the first half Saturday to give Chivas USA a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC that extended Toronto’s season-opening losing streak to a franchise-worst five games.

Toronto (0-5) has yet to win or draw, score at home or even hold a lead this season. And it has a 1-6-2 combined record in league and CONCACAF Champions League play, having been outscored 20-9.

Chivas (3-3-0) has won all three games on the road and lost all three at home.

Chivas, a tidy defensive side with few attacking options in the absence of the injured Juan Pablo Angel, made the most of its limited chances. Toronto didn’t and once again paid for a defensive mistake.

The lone goal came in the 31st minute off Minda’s downward header from a corner kick. Ryan Johnson was attempting to mark the Ecuador international.

Still on this day, Toronto could have won 5-1, with a slew of second-half scoring chances. But one ball after another deflected off a defender, bounced the wrong way, hit a post or found goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.

Toronto lost four straight to kick off its debut season before beating the Chicago Fire 3-1 on May 12, 2007. The Fire visit Toronto next Saturday.

Perhaps the only other good news for the announced crowd of 18,476 at BMO Field was that captain Torsten Frings dressed for the first time since straining a hamstring March 17 in the season-opening loss in Seattle.

The former German international, however, was rooted to his seat and did not warm up with the other substitutes as the game wore on. Frings and fellow designated player Julian de Guzman were part of a bench with more than $3.2 million in combined salary last season.

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