MLS Regular Season
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.
Calen Carr puts the Dynamo ahead before halftime
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.
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
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.
Last week was a great week for the Dynamo!
We played three games in seven days and came away with the full nine points.
We continued our success at home, making it 19 in-a-row without a loss, which is the longest active streak in MLS (the technical streak is 18, but I include the home playoff game vs. Philadelphia).
After a quiet spring, Brad Davis is enjoying his summer.
As the heat sets in, Houston’s talisman is starting to round into form and it is no coincidence that the Dynamo are surging as a result. Davis’ season got off to a slow start due, in large part, to the same quad injury that kept him out of the 2011 MLS Cup. After an April calf injury cost him an additional two matches, the result was a start that produced just two goals and two assists in the first 13 matches.
The recent homestretch was kind to the Houston Dynamo, as they were able to take a full nine points from their three-game stretch. But it’s time for the team to take that streak north, as they face similarly red-hot Toronto FC on Saturday (3:30 p.m., Fox Sports Houston, MultiMedios Houston).
Streaks on the line
Both teams enter Saturday’s match with three game winning streaks. The Dynamo defeated D.C. United, Sporting Kansas City and the Montreal Impact last week to stretch their total unbeaten run to six games.
The latest Castrol MLS Performance Index was released on Wednesday, and Dynamo were well-represented after their two-game, six-point performance in week 20 of the MLS season. Forward Macoumba Kandji climbed to the top of the index following his two-goal performance against the Montreal Impact last Saturday.
Since making his debut on June 30 against the Philadelphia Union, new Dynamo signing Boniek Garcia has fit right in and made an immediate impact on the team. Using data from Opta, we’ll take a closer look into just how much that impact has been in his brief time with the club thus far.
Garcia’s arrival less than a month ago has sparked a very good run for the Dynamo. In the six games since he has been with the team, Houston has gone 4-0-2, scoring eleven goals and conceding just two.
The Houston Dynamo are hitting their stride and it appears the national media is starting to take note. Following Houston's nine-point week, the Dynamo moved up five spots to No. 4 in the MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings. Houston is coming off a week in which it won three games by a 9-1 margin, and received goals from seven different players. MLSsoccer.com had this to say about the Dynamo: