MLS Preview: Houston Dynamo - Toronto FC

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


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


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.


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)

  • 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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