Kickoff: 5:00 p.m. PT at Estadio Nemesio Diez in Toluca, Mexico
Television: Univision Deportes Network, Fox Sports 2
Deportivo Toluca FC Scouting Report
Toluca are one of the top teams in Mexico with 25 points from their first 11 matches in the Liga MX Clausura. Toluca are one of the most successful clubs in Mexican history with 10 league titles to their name as well as a 2003 CONCACAF Champions League victory. Among the key players is Paraguayan forward Pablo Velazquez, the second-leading scorer during the 2014 Clausura with five goals. Pulling the strings from the midfield is Brazilian playmaker Antonio “Sinha” Naelson, one of the icons of the club having made over 500 appearances since debuting in 1999.
Last Game vs. Deportivo Toluca FC
Earthquakes 1, Toluca FC 1; March 11, 2014; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
The Earthquakes drew 1-1 with Deportivo Toluca FC thanks to a 95th-minute header from Alan Gordon. The Earthquakes had most of the chances on the night, outshooting their guests 20-10 with a 12-3 advantage in shots-on-goal. However, it was Toluca FC who found the scoreboard first thanks to mis-clear in the back by San Jose in the 67th minute. Toluca FC appeared as if they would take a 1-0 lead into the second leg, but Gordon broke free on a set piece from Shea Salinas, snapping his header into the ground and past Diablos Rojos goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera.
Scoring Summary: TOL – Raul Nava (unassisted) 67; SJ – Alan Gordon (Shea Salinas) 90+5.
Misconduct Summary: SJ – Victor Bernardez (caution) 31; TOL – Erbin Trejo (caution) 53; TOL – Aaron Galindo (caution) 85; SJ – Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi (caution) 90+1; SJ – Shea Salinas (caution) 90+1.
San Jose Earthquakes: Jon Busch, Brandon Barklage, Victor Bernardez, Jason Hernandez (JJ Koval 73), Jordan Stewart, Cordell Cato (Atiba Harris 86), Sam Cronin (Alan Gordon 73), Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, Shea Salinas, Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenhart.
Toluca FC – Alfredo Talavera, Francisco Gamboa, Aaron Galindo, Edgar Duenas, Edgar Benitez (Isaac Brizuela 59), Wilson Tiago, Carlos Esquivel, Gabriel Velasco, Juan Manuel Salgueiro (Paulo Cesar Da Silva 83), Erbin Trejo (Miguel Ponce 71), Raul Nava.
CCL Appearances (3): 2009-10, 2010-11, 2013-14
Best CCL Finish: Semifinals (2009-10), eliminated 2-1 by Pachuca
All-Time CCL Record: 12-6-4 (51 GF; 21 GA)
All-Time CCL Away Record: 4-5-3 (17 GF; 15 GA)
Toluca’s CONCACAF Champions League Group 6 Results
Aug. 6, 2013: Toluca 3, Caledonia AIA 1 at Nemesio Diez Stadium
Aug. 22, 2013: Toluca 2, Comunicaciones 1 at Cemento Progreso Stadium
Sept. 18, 2013: Toluca 5, Caledonia 1 at Hasely Crawford Stadium
Oct. 23, 2013: Toluca 5, Comunicaciones 1 at Nemesio Diez Stadium
Leading Goal Scorers During CCL
Raul Nava – 7
Edgar Benitez – 3
Miguel Almazan – 1
Juan Carlos Cacho – 1
Edy Brambila – 1
Sinha – 1
Ervin Trejo – 1