MLS Regular Season
The first half for the Houston Dynamo against Toronto FC was something out of a horror story.
Undefeated at home, the Dynamo conceded three times to a Toronto squad that had mustered just eight goals in 11 MLS contests coming into the night. Simply put, Houston was getting outworked for second and third balls and produced play that several players characterized as sloppy, prompting a call to arms from head coach Dominic Kinnear at halftime.
His message? “Play better.”
In a midweek thriller, Houston used some late magic from sophomore striker Will Bruin in to save a 3-3 result against Toronto FC and stay undefeated in MLS play at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Bruin got his seventh and eighth goals of the season, leaving it late to pull his team back from a 3-1 hafltime deficit. His home heroics overshadowed a fantastic first half performance from Toronto's Danny Koevermans, who showed what a crafty striker can do by finding space in Houston’s backline and notching a brace of his own.
The Houston Dynamo announced today that fewer than 1,000 tickets remain to tonight's match vs. Toronto FC, presented by Bush's Latina Cocina and Kroger. Individual tickets can be purchased at the BBVA Compass Stadium box office, online or by calling the Dynamo ticket office at (713) 276-GOAL.
Tickets will be available at the stadium box office through kickoff which is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT.
Wednesday’s match against Toronto FC fits the “trap game” moniker to a tee for the Houston Dynamo.
Coming off a big win in the Texas Derby last Saturday night, everything seems to favor the home team in the midweek matchup. TFC come to Houston with the worst record in MLS and just one win in their last 22 road games dating back to 2011, and new head coach Paul Mariner is still tinkering with a lineup that simply hasn’t worked so far this season.
Below is the Injury Report, presented by The Methodist Hospital System as of Tuesday, June 19.
HOUSTON DYNAMO -- HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: DF Kofi Sarkodie (R foot sprain); DF Alex Dixon (concussion); MF Calen Carr (L hamstring strain); DF Oscar Recio (concussion); PROBABLE: DF Jermaine Taylor (R hip flexor strain); MF Je-Vaughn Watson (L groin strain)
Houston Dynamo vs. Toronto FC
Wednesday, June 20, 8 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
All-time series: Tied 3-3-4
La Ranchera 850 - 7:30 p.m.
SportsTalk 790 - 7:30 p.m.
MultiMedios Houston - 7:30 p.m.
FOX Sports Houston Plus - 8 p.m. (Comcast = 110; AT&T U-Verse SD=692 HD=1692; DirecTV SD=680 HD=680-1; Dish SD=445 HD=9515)
MLSsoccer.com continues its Power 5 series with a look at five records that are considered breakable, as well as five that will not be broken any time soon. No. 4 on the breakable list is career minutes played, a record held by none other than Dynamo assistant coach Steve Ralston. Ralston is described by his peers as an "Iron Man" and is credited not only for his longevity, but for his ability to maintain a high level throughout his career.