MONACO – Toronto FC and the San Jose Earthquakes have combined for one victory in MLS play since they made a major deal last month.
The Earthquakes' franchise-record winless streak has reached 12 games, and revenge is on the mind of some of their players as they visit Toronto on Saturday night.
Peterson posted on Twitter after the deal that he was "On to greener pastures." He is eager to return to Toronto.
"Anybody who plays their former team, maybe they'll be politically correct and say that there's not (motivation), but there always is, especially with it being this fresh," Peterson told the Earthquakes' official website. "There's definitely more at stake individually, but more importantly, as a team. It's a huge game, a chance for us to get three points and right this ship."
Attakora was a popular player in Toronto as a Canadian under-20 national team member. He's looking forward to the trip.
"It's going to be fun," Attakora said. "All my friends and family are going to be there. ... Definitely, that's one game I really want to win."
Peterson, however, has a strained left hamstring while Attakora is bothered by a left calf strain.
Johnson was San Jose's MVP two seasons ago with 11 goals, and had a team-high eight assists last year. He failed to score in 14 matches for the Earthquakes this season, and has already been on target once for Toronto in 2011.
Gordon scored for Toronto in a 1-all draw at San Jose on April 9. He will likely miss a third straight match for the Earthquakes following abdominal surgery.
San Jose has one win and two draws in its previous trips to BMO Field.
Earthquakes midfielder Steven Beitashour is suspended after he was sent off in last week's 2-0 loss to Los Angeles. San Jose fell to 0-6-6 since a 4-2 win at D.C. United on June 11, and is 0-4-2 since the trade.
Toronto, 1-3-2 since acquiring Johnson, has the additional burden of playing in the CONCACAF Champions League.
That competition has hampered the club's preparation for this contest. Toronto lost 1-0 at home Thursday to FC Dallas after the teams played 45 minutes Wednesday before the match was called off due to rain and was forced to be replayed in its entirety.
"We had more chances and opportunities then Dallas had," coach Aron Winter said. "We had a lot of opportunities to score."
Winter said that he expects all his players to be available Saturday.
San Jose, meanwhile, is eager to attack a Toronto defense that has allowed a league-high 48 goals.
"They've made a lot of changes, but I'm sure everybody here knows (Johnson) and the guys that they've brought in have been around in the league," Peterson said. "Obviously, Nana and I have a little bit more insight."