If it didn't have enough to overcome after a woeful start to the season, Toronto FC is now dealing with the arrests of three players.
Miguel Aceval, Luis Silva and Nick Soolsma won't play Wednesday night against the Houston Dynamo, who will seek to extend their team-record home unbeaten streak.
Toronto FC already had endured an MLS-worst 0-9-0 start and a change in coaches before three of its players were arrested outside a Houston nightclub early Monday morning.
A police spokeswoman said Aceval, Silva and Soolsma were charged with public intoxication after being involved in a "large fight" and arguing with officers.
Toronto coach Paul Mariner said Tuesday the trio "will not be eligible'' to play Wednesday and that the team is working with the league and the players' union to determine exactly what happened.
"Sometimes people make poor choices and we've got to get to the bottom of it," Mariner said. "I don't want to jump to any conclusion myself, but obviously there was something going on because the police were involved.''
Before that incident, Toronto (1-10-0) fell 2-0 at Kansas City on Saturday in Mariner's coaching debut following Aron Winter's resignation June 7.
"We've only had a week to work with Paul," midfielder Eric Avila told MLS' official website. "He's been in this league. He knows what he's doing. I think we have great guys here. We just need to put the pieces of the puzzle together."
The loss dropped the club to 0-5-0 on the road this season and 0-6-1 dating to Sept. 24. Toronto is 1-14-7 away from home since the beginning of last season, including a 2-0 defeat in Houston on July 9.
That victory started the Dynamo on their current 13-game unbeaten run at home (10-0-3), including a 3-0-1 mark since moving into the new BBVA Compass Stadium.
In Saturday's 2-1 home win over FC Dallas, Adam Moffat had the tiebreaking goal in the 76th minute after Will Bruin had scored his team-best sixth of the season.
"It was fantastic to get the three points. It wasn't the best game we played and maybe we made it a little harder on ourselves, but we've got to get as many home wins as possible," Moffat said. "We've got another game coming up Wednesday against a team in our conference so it's an even bigger one."
The Dynamo (5-4-4) were hoping to have designated player Oscar Garcia available for this game, but he is still awaiting a meeting with the United States embassy in his native Honduras, which will finalize his move to America. Instead, he is expected to make his debut for the team June 30 against Philadelphia.
Toronto, meanwhile, could get Dicoy Williams back on the field for the first time in more than a year. The defender has been recovering from a torn ACL suffered June 10, 2011.
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