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Game Thread: Dynamo v Toronto FC, 2012 MLS Match 26

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BROADCAST INFORMATION:
FOX Sports Houston - 7:30 p.m.
MultiMedios Houston - 7 p.m.
SportsTalk 790 - 7 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 7 p.m.

REFEREE:

Paul Ward. MLS Career: 38 games; FC/gm: 23.2; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 11; pens: 7
AR1 (bench): Chris Strickland; AR2 (opposite): Mark Cahen; 4th: Leszek Stalmach

INJURY REPORT:
HOUSTON DYNAMO - OUT: DF Alex Dixon (heat illness); QUESTIONABLE: MF Ricardo Clark (L ankle sprain)
TORONTO FC -- OUT: GK Stefan Frei (L lower leg); FW Danny Koevermans (L knee ACL tear); DF Ty Harden (lower abdominal strain); DF Matt Stinson (R quadriceps strain); DF Doneil Henry (L knee tendinosis); MF Reggie Lambe (R knee MCL sprain); PROBABLE: DF Jeremy Hall (L ankle sprain)

HEAD-TO-HEAD:
  • ALL-TIME (12 meetings): Dynamo 4 wins, 18 goals ... Toronto FC 3 wins, 12 goals ... Ties 5
  • AT HOUSTON (6 meetings): Dynamo 3 wins, 12 goals ... Toronto FC 1 wins, 6 goals ... Ties 2
  • 2012 (MLS): 6/20: HOU 3, TOR 3 (Boswell 20; Bruin 73, 90 - Hall 13; Koevermans 22, 45), 7/28: TOR 0, HOU 2 (Carr 45; Ching 86)
  • The teams are meeting for the third time this season. They played to a wild 3-3 draw June 20 in Houston, as a late pair of goals from Will Bruin canceled out a first-half brace from TFC's Danny Koevermans, then goals from Calen Carr and Brian Ching led the Dynamo to a 2-0 win, July 28 at BMO Field.
  • That was the Dynamo's first win ever at BMO Field. TFC had taken two victories and three draws in the first five meetings all-time in Ontario.
  • 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.
  • Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear vs. TOR: P12 W4 L3 D5 ... Paul Mariner vs. HOU: P2 W0 L1 D1