Match Preview: Dynamo vs. TFC

Dynamo put home unbeaten streak on the line vs. Toronto

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Photo Credit: 
Courtesy Nigel Brooks

THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo vs. Toronto FC
Wednesday, June 20, 8 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
All-time series: Tied 3-3-4

BROADCAST INFORMATION
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)

PREVIEW
The Houston Dynamo will be looking to keep their home record intact when they meet Toronto FC in a midweek encounter at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo are still unbeaten in league play in their new ground, following a 2- 1 win in the Texas derby against FC Dallas over the weekend. TFC opened the Paul Mariner coaching era with a 10th loss in 11 league starts, opening their road swing with a 2-0 loss at Sporting Kansas City.

REFEREE 
Baldomero Toledo. SAR (bench): Brian Poeschel; JAR (opposite): Mark Cahen; 4th: Jorge Luna Hernandez MLS Career: 136 games; FC/gm: 25.0; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 48; pens: 50

INJURY REPORT PRESENTED BY THE METHODIST HOSPITAL SYSTEM (As of Tuesday, June 19)
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) … TORONTO FC – OUT: FW Nicholas Lindsay (L knee surgery recovery); GK Stefan Frei (L lower leg); DF Ty Harden (R adductor strain); DF Adrian Cann (R knee sprain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Aaron Maund (R eye hyphema); DF Logan Emory (shoulder subluxation); DF Dicoy Williams (R knee surgery recovery) 

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: None

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • ALL-TIME (10 meetings): Dynamo 3 wins, 13 goals ... Toronto FC 3 wins, 9 goals ... Ties 4
  • AT HOUSTON (5 meetings): Dynamo 3 wins, 9 goals ... Toronto FC 1 wins, 3 goals ... Ties 1
  • RETURN MATCHES: 7/28: Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo, 4:30 p.m. ET; 8/25: Houston Dynamo vs. Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m. CT
  • LAST YEAR (MLS): 5/7: TOR 2, HOU 1 (Plata 50; Santos 81 – Palmer 87) 7/9: HOU 2, TOR 0 (Cruz 50; Cameron 81)
  • Houston’s 2-0 victory in the final meeting between at Robertson Stadium, last July 9, was the Dynamo’s first vs. TFC since 2009.
  • Toronto FC had won two in a row vs. Houston after two draws.
  • Toronto FC have never lost to Houston at BMO Field, with two victories and three draws in five meetings all- time in Ontario.
  • Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear vs. TOR: P10 W3 L3 D4 ... Paul Mariner vs. HOU: first game