MLS Regular Season

Notebook: Reinforcements keep Houston on track

Dynamo rely on depth to defeat Toronto on Saturday
Notebook: Reinforcements keep Houston on track
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At this point in the season, the Houston Dynamo are accustomed to looking down the depth chart during big moments. Saturday was no different.

A look inside the Dynamo's home-unbeaten streak

Houston has defeated 11 different opponents during its 18-game home-unbeaten streak
Inside the Streak
Inside the Streak
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When the Houston Dynamo take the field Friday night against the New York Red Bulls, they will be looking to extend their MLS best home-unbeaten streak to 19 games games. The streak began on July 9, 2011, when the Dynamo defeated Toronto FC 2-0 at Robertson Stadium. Since then, Houston has not lost in 18 consecutive regular season home games and has defeated 11 different opponents during that span. Houston's record during that streak is 14-0-4.

With some help from our friends at Opta Sports, we went inside the Dynamo's unbeaten streak to find some key stats.

Possession, midfield control key to Dynamo succes at BMO

Confident sides wins fourth consecutive match
Possession, midfield control key to Dynamo succes at BMO
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Coming into Saturday’s match at Toronto, the Houston Dynamo knew that controlling possession would go a long way to success.

And it did.

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Dynamo in negotiations to bring back Ricardo Clark

Clark made 97 appearances for the Dynamo between 2006 and 2009
Dynamo in negotiations to bring back Ricardo Clark
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The Houston Dynamo are working to finalize an agreement to bring former MLS All-Star and U.S. international Ricardo Clark back to Houston.

Dynamo president Chris Canetti confirmed to MLSsoccer.com that the club is actively negotiating with the World Cup veteran and is hoping to put the final touches on bringing the fan favorite back into the fold.

Match Stats: Dynamo vs. Toronto FC

Houston held a 60/40 edge in possession at BMO Field
Match Stats: Dynamo vs. Toronto FC

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Match Stats

Toronto FC   Houston Dynamo
8 Attempts on Goal 10
2 Shots on Target 4
3 Shots off Target

VIDEO: Dynamo 2, Toronto FC 0

Watch full highlights from Saturday's win at BMO Field
VIDEO: Dynamo 2, TFC 0
Match Highlights

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Dynamo roll TFC behind goals from Carr and Ching

Houston wins 2-0 to extend winning streak to four games
Fantastic Four
Dynamo Win
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Both Toronto FC and the Houston Dynamo were working on three-game winning streaks when they met on Saturday.

Now Houston’s is four.

Brad Davis had two assists, Calen Carr scored on a header following a corner kick in the final minute of the first half and Brian Ching struck a late security goal as the Dynamo earned a 2-0 win over the Reds before 19,652 at BMO Field.

VIDEO: Watch the goals from Saturday's win

Carr, Ching tally goals in a 2-0 win over Toronto FC
VIDEO: Watch the goals from Saturday's win
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Calen Carr puts the Dynamo ahead before halftime

Dynamo set to shed defense-first road mentality in Toronto

Houston offense firing on all cylinders heading into weekend match
Dynamo set to shed defense-first road mentality in Toronto

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After the Dynamo have turned a three-win homestand into a jump in the standings from fifth to third, they must now head out on the road, where they have struggled for wins. In fact, the Dynamo have not won on the road since starting the season with back-to-back wins over Chivas USA and league leaders San Jose Earthquakes on March 11 and 17, respectively.

Their plan to get three points when they face a rejuvenated Toronto FC on Saturday (3:30 pm CT, FOX Sports Houston, MultiMedios Houston)? Stick to what is working.

Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Toronto FC

Saturday's match kicks off at 3:30 pm on FOX Sports Houston
Preview: Dynamo vs. TFC
Match Preview

THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo vs. Toronto FC
Saturday, July 28, 3:30 p.m. CT
BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
All-time series: Tied 3-3-5

BROADCAST INFORMATION
FOX Sports Houston - 3:30 p.m. (Click here to view channel guide)
MultiMedios Houston - 3 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 3 p.m.
SportsTalk 790 - 3 p.m.

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