TORONTO -- Toronto FC snapped a six-game winless streak in Major League Soccer last weekend in interim coach Nick Dasovic's debut and its midweek trip to Mexico's Cruz Azul produced a scoreless draw.
Now, Toronto FC returns to league action to face the San Jose Earthquakes, who are tied with Seattle Sounders FC for the final two playoff berths, for a huge match at BMO Field on Saturday.
Toronto (8-10-7) is five points behind San Jose (10-7-6) and Seattle, and also has the Kansas City Wizards to contend with, as it vies its first playoff spot in franchise history.
Although Toronto faces an uphill battle, especially with three road games over its final four matches, a win against San Jose this weekend would put the team within two points of the final postseason berth.
"We are really looking forward to San Jose," Toronto defender Dan Gargan said, according to the club's website. "We can't look at the scoreboard anymore because that isn't going to affect us.
"We have to take care of our own business and stay focused on what we have in front of us."
Toronto ended its skid with a 2-1 win at the Houston Dynamo. Dwayne De Rosario scored two goals, including the winner in stoppage time, as Toronto FC won for just the second time on the road this season.
Tuesday's night's scoreless draw at Cruz Azul in the CONCACAF Champions League should have Toronto confident at BMO this weekend, but midfielders Joseph Nane and Martin Saric were injured and could be unavailable for the must-win match against San Jose.
"Going forward we know it is down to us," Gargan said. "We can help ourselves and hurt ourselves by how we perform day in day out."
San Jose beat the Philadelphia Union, 1-0, in its last match on Sept. 15 and a win at Toronto would inch the Earthquakes closer to their first playoff berth since 2005 and first since re-joining the league in 2008.