The Houston Dynamo lost their third straight match on Saturday, falling 2-1 to Toronto FC at home on a stoppage-time free kick from former Houston midfielder and current TFC star Dwayne De Rosario.
The Dynamo opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Brad Davis served in a left-footed delivery from a free kick, and Houston captain Brian Ching redirected the ball inside the left post with a header. It was Ching's team-high seventh goal of the season and the team-high seventh assist of the season for Davis, tied for seventh in MLS.
TFC midfielder Dwayne De Rosario evened the game in the 66th minute on a free kick from just outside the penalty box. Maicon Santos tapped the ball to De Rosario, who fired the ball past Pat Onstad for De Rosario's 10th goal of the year.
In stoppage-time, Eddie Robinson took down De Rosario outside the box to prevent a breakaway. De Rosario fired in the free kick as time expired for his second goal of the match.
It was the Dynamo's first loss of the season when leading at halftime (5-1) or when scoring first in a match (5-1-3).
For the Dynamo, defender Eddie Robinson made the 150th start of his MLS regular season career. Brian Ching made the 140th start of his MLS career. Richard Mulrooney made his 110th appearance for the Dynamo in all competitions and surpassed the 24,000-minute mark in his MLS regular season career.
The Dynamo played without midfielders Colin Clark (ACL surgery), Anthony Obodai (meniscus surgery), and Lovel Palmer (red card suspension) and goalkeeper Tally Hall (ankle).
Next Game: Wednesday, September 22, 7:30 p.m., Houston Dynamo at Kansas City Wizards, CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas City KS
Next Home Game: Sunday, October 10, 7:30 p.m., Houston Dynamo vs. New England Revolution, Robertson Stadium
HOUSTON DYNAMO HEAD COACH DOMINIC KINNEAR
“The season is over. We are not going to do it. Sad to say it, but it’s a reality.”
“We thought it was going to be easy. We started fouling and stopped moving the ball. We were efficient in the first half, but we were sloppy in the second.”
On Dwayne DeRosario
“He took two shots on goal the whole night, two free kicks and got them both. They were two good hits. I didn’t see him in the first or second half except for his goals, but he had a killer instinct.”
“I have nothing to say right now. You can keep asking questions, but the answer is going to be short. My mother always told me, like I’m sure yours told you, ‘If you have nothing nice to say, keep it short.’”
“It’s about defending properly and that means not giving the ball away when there is no pressure on you. Not giving teams fouls when we don’t need to and recognizing the danger when it’s imminent. Sometimes we have done that and sometimes we have not. Our record says it all. I think we’re the second worst defensive team in the league and that tells you where we are at.”
HOUSTON DYNAMO MIDFIELDER DANNY CRUZ
“Whenever we lose, nobody feels good. Obviously tonight was a big hit. I thought pretty much anyone who watched the team in the first half thought we were a completely different team in the second. So obviously it’s a disappointment to lose and if you look at the standings we’re probably in trouble now. We’re furious with the loss, which we should be because we didn’t play up to par.”