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Live Game Thread: Houston Dynamo vs Toronto FC

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Houston travels to Toronto in the first of two back to back games against Toronto FC.

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The Basics

Houston Dynamo vs Toronto FC

Saturday, July 12, 6pm CT

BMO Field, Toronto, Canada

Broadcast

CSN Houston Plus (5:30 p.m. CT pregame)

tape delay on Telemundo Houston (11 p.m. CT)

Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM and 850 AM (Spanish)

Preview

A pair of clubs in the thick of the hunt for playoff jockeying meet when Toronto FC entertain the Houston Dynamo on Saturday evening at BMO Field. TFC have played fewer games than any other club, yet are a point clear of the final playoff position despite a 2-1 home loss to D.C. United last weekend. The Dynamo put an end to a five-game shutout and losing run last weekend in a 2-2 home draw with New York, and are just two points out of the final playoff position.

REFEREE: Geoff Gamble. AR1 (bench): Philippe Briere; AR2 (opposite): Scott Kachmarik; 4th: Mathieu Bourdeau MLS Career: 28 games; FC/gm: 23.9; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 4; pens: 12

SUSPENDED: TOR: Nick Hagglund (through July 13)

WARNINGS:

SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: HOU: Jermaine Taylor

SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: TOR: Jackson, Jermain Defoe, Doneil Henry, Steven Caldwell ... HOU: Will Bruin

DISABLED LIST: none

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: TOR: Julio Cesar (BRA)

Injury Report Presented by Houston Methodist (As of Thursday, July 10)

Dynamo:

OUT: Tony Cascio - R knee surgery; Mark Sherrod - L knee ACL tear

QUESTIONABLE: Corey Ashe - R knee effusion

Toronto FC:


OUT
Bright Dike - L Achilles surgery

QUESTIONABLE: Gilberto - R hip flexor

HEAD-TO-HEAD

ALL-TIME (15 meetings): Toronto FC 3 wins, 14 goals ... Dynamo 4 wins, 20 goals ... Ties 8

AT TORONTO (7 meetings): Toronto FC 2 wins, 7 goals ... Dynamo 1 win, 7 goals ... Ties 4