Dynamo (5-6-1, 16 points) v. Toronto FC (5-4-3, 18 points)
6 p.m. CT
BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
TV: ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Radio: SportsTalk 790, La Ranchera 850
After losing three straight matches before the World Cup break, the Dynamo returned over the weekend with a 2-2 draw against the Rapids. Defensive mistakes once again hurt Houston after Eddie Robinson made a costly giveaway that led to the Rapids first goal late in the opening half. Robinson took responsibility for the error, as you would expect, and was better in the team's US Open Cup match on Tuesday.
Toronto has been strong at home this season and have yet to lose a match at BMO (5-0-2). For Houston to get a road victory tonight, they must start eliminating the mistakes at the back and sure up what has become a somewhat leaky defense over the past few weeks. The Dynamo have given up 11 goals in their last four MLS matches, a trend that will not serve the team well as the playoff race begins to shape up.
Luis Landin left Tuesday's Open Cup win over Miami FC with an apparent knee injury but updates on his condition have been few and far between. Landin played in the attacking midfield role on Tuesday and seemed to be performing well in the position before his injury. The move appears to be a attempt by Kinnear to a more aggressive minded attacker in that role that will allow Brad Davis to return to his normal position on the wing. This injury, depending on its severity, will but this plan on hold for the time being.
Without Landin, there is still plenty of depth up front for Dominic Kinnear to choose from, with the pairing of Brian Ching and Joseph Ngwenya appearing to be the current first choice. In the midfield, Brad Davis and Lovel Palmer will be joined by either Corey Ashe or Brian Mullan with Danny Cruz likely to be given a chance to continue what is quickly becoming a breakout season for the young midfielder.
The only real question in defense is if Eddie Robinson, who played 90 minutes on Tuesday, will start or Ryan Cochrane will join Bobby Boswell in central defense.