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MLS Preview: Houston Dynamo - Toronto FC

MLS Preview: Houston Dynamo - Toronto FC

Bob Levey

Toronto heads to Houston after a 5-0 mauling Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

Houston Dynamo (4-4-2): Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Hainault, Ashe; Cruz, Cameron, Watson, Davis; Ching, Bruin.


INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Calen Carr (concussion); DF Eddie Robinson (L knee MCL sprain); FW Cam Weaver (R hip strain);

DOUBTFUL: DF Jermaine Taylor (R ankle sprain)

Toronto FC (4-3-3): Frei; Borman, Eckersley, Harden, Gargan; Tchani, Yourassowsky, Soolsma; Martina, Santos, Plata.


INJURY REPORT

OUT: MF Elbekay Bouchiba (R knee surgery recovery); DF Adrian Cann (R knee sprain); DF Dicoy Williams (R knee surgery recovery); FW Maicon Santos (R hamstring strain);

DOUBTFUL: MF Julian de Guzman (L knee swelling);

QUESTIONABLE: DF Nana Attakora (R quadriceps strain); MF Jacob Peterson (L hamstring strain); FW Alan Gordon (abdominal strain)


DID YOU KNOW?
  • After earning a clean-sheet against Colorado this weekend in a 0-0 draw, Houston GK Tally Hall was named to the MLS Team of the Week for the third time- the most this season among goalkeepers.

  • Both Toronto FC and Houston are winless on the road this season: Toronto is 0-5-4 while the Dynamo is 0-3-6
  • Houston's shutout at Colorado last weekend was just the third clean sheet the club has kept this season.
  • Toronto added to its league-worst total of 34 goals allowed on Wednesday in a 5-0 road blowout at the hands of the Red Bulls. The 34 goals are five more allowed than the second-worst team- D.C. United.
  • Dynamo rookie forward Will Bruin is the only player on the team to appear in all 19 games this season in all competitions.
  • Toronto FC has won just once in league play since May 7 and Wednesday's 5-0 loss represents the fifth time the club has been shut out in that stretch.
  • Houston midfielder Brad Davis leads Major League Soccer with nine assists on the season and is three assists away from tying his career high of 12.
  • Reds' goalkeeper Stefan Frei has faced a league-high 107 shots on goal this season. Second place in that category is New England's Matt Reis with 88.

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Available Squads
1Tally HallGoalkeeper
-Andre HainaultDefender
8Kofi SarkodieDefender
4Jermaine TaylorDefender
20Geoff CameronDefender
26Corey AsheDefender
11Brad DavisMidfielder
27Jevaughn WatsonMidfielder
44Danny CruzMidfielder
12Will BruinStriker
-Brian ChingStriker
24Tyler DericGoalkeeper
-Hunter FreemanDefender
32Bobby BoswellDefender
5Lovel PalmerMidfielder
23Colin ClarkMidfielder
-Jason GareyDefender
23Cam WeaverStriker
24Stefan FreiGoalkeeper
2Ty HardenDefender
36Danleigh BormanDefender
2Richard EckersleyDefender
33Dan GarganDefender
-Mikael YourassowskyMidfielder
6Tony TchaniMidfielder
37Jacob PetersonMidfielder
33Jesús RubioStriker
24Alan GordonStriker
8Joao PlataStriker
-Milos KocicGoalkeeper
15Doneil HenryDefender
-Demeitrius OmphroyMidfielder
-Nathan SturgisDefender
-Matt StinsonMidfielder
-Gianluca ZavariseMidfielder
-Nick SoolsmaStriker
Players to Watch
Brad Davis
Brad Davis
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
14 4 0 0
Joao Plata
Joao Plata
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
18 11 0 0
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