Dynamo 1, Toronto FC 1 - postgame notes

Ching scores third goal in five games but Houston settles for road draw

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For
the third consecutive year, the Houston Dynamo earned a road point in one of
the toughest venues in Major League Soccer, playing Toronto FC to a 1-1 draw
Thursday night at BMO Field in Toronto on Canada Day. It was the second
straight tie in league play for the Dynamo and the 14th consecutive league home
game unbeaten for Toronto FC. Houston is now 2-1-4 all-time against Toronto.

Both
teams scored with headers from corner kicks in the final 17 minutes, and the
Dynamo finished with 10 men to Toronto’s nine after a pair of separate
second-half incidents. Toronto received six cards in the game as opposed to
Houston’s one.

Houston
played its third game in six days and did so without forward Luis Landin (right
knee strain) and midfielders Geoff Cameron (PCL surgery) and Brad Davis (left
hip flexor). Forward Joseph Ngwenya started as a central midfielder for
Houston, and midfielder Brian Mullan started at forward.

After
a scoreless first half, the game came to life in the second. In the 58th
minute, the Dynamo had a prime scoring opportunity snuffed out by a
questionable offside call, as Bobby Boswell played Brian Mullan into the box.
Mullan fired the ball into the net, but the whistle had already blown for
offside; replays showed Mullan was clearly onside.

In
the 61st minute, Houston’s Joseph Ngwenya and Toronto’s Nana Attakora collided
after an earlier whistle, and a shoving match ensued that included most field
players from both teams. Ngwenya and Toronto’s Julian De Guzman were both shown
straight red cards and ejected.

Houston
took the lead in the 73rd minute when Danny Cruz bent in a corner kick from the
left, and Brian Ching met it at the edge of the six-yard box with a glancing
header inside the far post. It was Ching’s third goal in five games since
returning from the U.S. national team on May 29 and Cruz’s second assist in six
starts since entering the lineup on May 22.

Dynamo
goalkeeper Pat Onstad made a huge save in the 84th minute, diving to his right
to tip a 25-yard shot by Dwayne De Rosario over the crossbar. Toronto FC tied
the game from the ensuing corner kick, as defender Dan Gargan arrived at the
far side of the six-yard box to head in a Fuad Ibrahim corner kick.

Toronto
midfielder Amadou Sanyang was ejected deep into stoppage time for a second
yellow card.

Midfielder
Corey Ashe made his 85th career MLS regular season appearance, and defender
Ryan Cochrane made his 85th career appearance for the Dynamo in all
competitions.

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Hunt U.S. Open Cup – Quarterfinals)

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MLS Game: Saturday, July 10, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo vs. Columbus Crew, Robertson
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