MLS Regular Season

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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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

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

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

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.

09 July 1:57 pm

Brad returned, Armed Forces Members were appreciated and fireworks were fired in Houston's 2-2 draw with New York.

08 July 5:26 pm

Go behind-the-scenes of Friday's 2-2 draw between the Houston Dynamo and New York Red Bulls.

08 July 1:10 pm

The last time Tally Hall faced the New York Red Bulls, he garnered his first-ever Save of the Week award. After Friday's 2-2 draw against New York, Tally's up for the award again, this time for his diving stop to tip Eric Alexander's shot around the post.

Let's get Tally his second Save of the Week. CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR TALLY

Houston Dynamo left frustrated after defensive woes continue in draw: "We've got to correct it"

Dynamo returned to the scoresheet on Friday, but still need to correct defensive issues
Getting defensive


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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

After a barren six weeks for results and goals, getting a point and scoring twice can feel good for a club. Giving up two goals, however, will put a damper on that excitement.

That’s the case for the Houston Dynamo after they came from behind to save a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Friday night. An improved offensive performance that saw them score twice after being shut out in the previous five games was certainly a good sign.

But giving up two on issues that players have repeatedly talked about fixing threw cold water on some of that positivity.

Houston Dynamo see immediate boost with return of influential midfield trio in draw vs. New York

Davis, García and Clark start together for first time since April 5, immediately pays dividends
Three of a kind


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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

The setting looked all too familiar for the Houston Dynamo. Final 10 minutes, down a goal, chasing the game and watching good chances fall by the wayside. That had been part of the script the previous five games, all losses.

But on Friday night things changed.

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