MLS Regular Season

Houston Dynamo left disappointed with latest loss: "We have talked enough … it's time to get results"

Dynamo frustrated after relinquishing two goal lead on the road in Toronto
"It's time to get results"
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It has gone from bad to worse for the Houston Dynamo defense.

With their starting center backs in the fold and a two-goal lead thanks to a first half brace from Brad Davis, the club looked to be in good shape to get a positive out of their game against Toronto FC on Saturday.

It turned out to be too tall a task, as a combination of poor mistakes and missteps in defense turned the good start into a gut punch 4-2 loss to TFC that once again showed the team’s Achilles heel.

Match Recap: Toronto FC 4, Houston Dynamo 2

Dynamo fall in Toronto despite two-goal performance from Brad Davis
Recap: Toronto 4, Dynamo 2
Dynamo Recap
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TORONTO — Toronto FC overcame a first half brace from Brad Davis to engineer a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over the Houston Dynamo in front of 22,591 in attendance at BMO Field on Saturday evening.

 After first half goals from Jonathan Osorio and Dominic Oduro, TFC Designated Player Jermain Defoe scored twice in the second half to lead the comeback.

Preview: Houston Dynamo at Toronto FC

Dynamo head north to face Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley in Toronto
Preview: Dynamo at TFC
Match Preview

THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo at Toronto FC
Saturday, July 12, 6:00 p.m. CT
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

BROADCAST INFORMATION
CSN Plus - 6:00 p.m. (5:30 p.m. pregame) CHANNEL LISTINGS
Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM - 6:00 p.m. (5:30 p.m. pregame)
La Ranchera 850 AM - 6:00 p.m. (5:30 p.m. pregame)

What World Cup struggles? Houston Dynamo wary of "driven" Michael Bradley for Toronto FC visit

Dynamo expect "the Michael Bradley we know" on Saturday, regardless of his World Cup form
Wary of Bradley
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The World Cup did not bring rave reviews for Michael Bradley. He was cast out of position and questioned for his inability to carry the attack for the US national team, prompting some analysts to question his performances.

The Houston Dynamo are not buying it.

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Dominic Kinnear and Brad Davis discuss Saturday's match up with Toronto FC.

Weeks after suiting up together for country at World Cup, Brad Davis and Michael Bradley square off for club

USMNT stars Davis and Bradley set to square off just weeks after their run together in Brazil
Club and country
Davis & Bradley
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They lined up side by side in Recife only two weeks ago, but Brad Davis and Michael Bradley will meet as rivals on Saturday as memories of the U.S. World Cup campaign slowly recede and the race for the MLS postseason gathers pace.

Houston Dynamo welcome return of injured defenders Jermaine Taylor, Corey Ashe, David Horst

Ashe, Horst, Taylor remain optimistic about their availability against Toronto FC
Defensive health
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When Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear was asked about the health of his team at Thursday’s training session, he did his best not to jinx his team.

It’s been that kind of year for the Dynamo, but Kinnear’s answer also shows that they could finally be out of the woods heading into Saturday's road matchup against Toronto FC (6 p.m. CT; CSN).

Toronto FC has Houston Dynamo forward Giles Barnes to thank for their latest English striker

Barnes recruited Luke Moore to Major League Soccer, now friends face off on Saturday
English flavor
Toronto FC
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Jermain Defoe is not the only former English Premier League striker who could pose a serious threat to the Dynamo when they face Toronto FC on Saturday night (6 p.m. CT; CSN Plus).

The Canadians acquired Luke Moore from Chivas USA in a trade on May 8 and he has three goals in seven appearances for Ryan Nelsen’s side, including one last Saturday in a 2-1 defeat to D.C. United.

Houston Dynamo hope that getting players back in familiar spots will give the attack a boost

Players returning to normal positions means offense can get into a groove going forward
Power up
Attacking Boost
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Sometimes all it takes it seeing the ball hit the back of the net to jar a team out of a funk. Friday, the Houston Dynamo got that jolt just 39 seconds into the match when Giles Barnes struck and ended a 479-minute scoreless streak.

Houston Dynamo turn to second half of season hopeful for playoff push: "We've kept ourselves in the mix"

Despite a subpar first half of the year, Dynamo have kept within striking distance of playoffs
Staying in the mix
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Looking at the standings is a mixed bag for the Houston Dynamo. On one hand, the team will see 16 games remaining and a table that looks compact. On the other is a season’s worth of missed chances, injuries and forgettable performances.

With hopes of the playoffs always intact for the ever-optimistic club, the magic number is always 50 points for qualification in MLS.

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