MLS Regular Season

Notebook: Second straight draw a puzzling one

Bruin gets monkey off back with first goal in seven games
Notebook: Second straight draw a puzzling one
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After Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Toronto FC, it is clear something is different with the Houston Dynamo.

For the second home match in a row, the Dynamo played without the type of smothering, high-pressure brand of soccer that brought them to prominence in the month of July. Instead, it has been two matches played at a different pace, and that has tripped Houston up for the second week in a row.

Dynamo cite lack of urgency as culprit in draw with TFC

Houston unable to hold on to one-goal lead Saturday night
Dynamo cite lack of urgency as culprit in draw with TFC
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It was a tale of two halves for the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night in their 1-1 draw with Toronto FC, and unfortunately for the home team their dip in the second 45 cost them two crucial points in the standings.

Houston got out to the type of start you would expect them to against the East’s last place team at home. They controlled the game both in tempo and on the scoreboard, but left the door open by only taking a 1-0 lead.

TFC were only too happy to bust it in.

VIDEO: Dynamo 1, Toronto FC 1

Watch full highlights from Saturday's draw at BBVA Compass Stadium
VIDEO: Dynamo 1, TFC 1
Match Highlights

TFC punish Dynamo late for 1-1 draw in Houston

Bruin, Dunfield exchange goals as Houston runs home-unbeaten streak to 21
Dynamo draw TFC
Dynamo Draw
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Terry Dunfield put a damper on the Houston Dynamo’s Saturday night, depositing a late header to give visitors Toronto FC a 1-1 draw at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The veteran midfielder got his second of the season with just five minutes left, beating a sleeping Houston offside trap to steal the point.

VIDEO: Watch Bruin's goal from Saturday night

Dynamo striker pops it over goalkeeper's head off feed from Garcia
VIDEO: Watch Bruin's goal from Saturday night

Houston look to make set piece advantage count vs. TFC

Dynamo are second in MLS with 10 set-piece goals
Houston look to make set-piece advantage count vs. TFC
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The most exciting moments of a Houston Dynamo match are often when the ball is not moving.

So Saturday when the Dynamo host Toronto FC – a team that has proved to be vulnerable to set pieces – Houston will be looking to make the most of those situations.

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Match Preview: Dynamo at Toronto FC

Houston looking to extend home-unbeaten streak to 21
Preview: Dynamo vs. TFC
Match Preview

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THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo vs. Toronto FC
Saturday, August 25, 7:30 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium
All-time series: Houston leads 4-3-5

BROADCAST INFORMATION
FOX Sports Houston - 7:30 p.m. (Click here to view channel guide)
MultiMedios Houston - 7 p.m.
SportsTalk 790 - 7 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 7 p.m.

Kinnear on Bruin's recent slump: He's not a secret anymore

Sophomore striker looking to find groove down home stretch
Kinnear on Bruin's recent slump: He's not a secret anymore
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The year 2012 is starting to have an eerily similar feeling to 2011 for those watching the progress of Houston Dynamo striker Will Bruin.

Things fell into place quickly as Bruin flourished playing off of Brian Ching to the tune of nine goals in the first 15 matches of this year's campaign. Since then, Bruin has managed just one goal in the last 10. It’s a drought that draws comparisons to a rookie season that saw him endure a near five-month goal drought.

Houston Dynamo, Dynamo Charities launch 2012 Bald is Beautiful campaign

Dynamo forward Will Bruin to spearhead initiative to benefit children’s cancer research
Bald is Beautiful
Bald is Beautiful

The Houston Dynamo and Dynamo Charities announced today that forward Will Bruin will spearhead the 2012 Bald is Beautiful campaign, benefiting Curing Children’s Cancer Fund, presented by Ensueño® MAX and Pinalen® Max aromas. This is the fourth year of Bald is Beautiful, a campaign designed to raise money and awareness for children’s cancer research.

22 August 9:46 am

In the latest Power 5 series, the folks at MLSsoccer.com look at top five players/decisions/keys to the home stretch of the MLS season. Coming in at No. 3 is Dominic Kinnear's decision to sign Boniek Garcia and move his team to a 4-3-3.

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