Match Preview: Dynamo at Toronto FC

Dynamo looking for first league win since May 22

The Basics

Houston Dynamo (5-6-1, 16 points; 6th place in Western Conference) vs. Toronto FC (5-4-3, 18 points; 3rd place in Eastern Conference)
6 p.m. CT
BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

All-time record: Dynamo lead 2-1-3

Broadcast Info

ESPN2
ESPN Deportes
SportsTalk 790
La Ranchera 850

What’s at Stake

Toronto is still undefeated at home this season with five wins and two ties
after Saturday’s 0-0 stalemate against the Los Angeles Galaxy. With a win or a tie here,
The Reds hope to close the gap on Eastern Conference co-leaders Columbus and New
York.

Houston can move into a three-way tie in the Western Conference with a tie in
Toronto, but a win will bump them to one point off the pace of third-place
Colorado.

Last meeting

The two clubs battled to a 1-1 tie in their last meeting on July 18, 2009 at
BMO Field in Toronto. Toronto midfielder Dwayne De Rosario
opened the scoring against his old club in the 37th minute, while Dynamo
defender Bobby Boswell became an unlikely hero with his
only goal of the season on a rebound in the 74th minute to level the score.

Heroes & Villains

Dwayne De Rosario v. Pat Onstad - Former Dynamo and Canadian
international teammates could create one of the most interesting matchups in
Thursday’s nationally-televised game. The veteran goalkeeper played six seasons
alongside midfield wizard DeRo in San Jose and Houston and hopes to stop the
Reds’ midfielder, whose eight goals are second only to Edson Buddle this season.
De Rosario and Onstad were also teammates with the United Soccer Leagues' Toronto
Lynx way back in 1997 before eventually reuniting in California six years
later.

Brad Davis v. Nick LaBrocca -
Creative midfield play on both teams could go a long way to determining the
outcome of Thursday's game. La Brocca, who joined the Reds from Colorado in the
preseason Marvell Wynne trade, is well known for his
ability to provide dangerous service into the opposition penalty area. Davis is
a skillful left-sided player who leads the Dynamo in assists (6) and goals (3)
this season.

Stats that make you go hmmm

Dwayne De Rosario is the only player to have scored a goal against both
teams, finding a goal for Houston in a 3-1 win in 2008 and also scoring as a
Red in the clubs' last meeting in July 2009.

He said it

“With the effort my teammates have put in these last two weeks to try and
turn things around, for me to make a mistake like that, it’s like me punching
them,” Houston defender Eddie Robinson commenting on a costly turnover
which led to a Conor Casey goal, helping Colorado escape Robertson Stadium with a 2-2 draw on Saturday.