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Dynamo fall 4-2 to Toronto after early 2-0 lead

The Dynamo were downed again in Canada after Jermain Defoe happened. The Dynamo gave up a 2 goal lead and after the teams were tied, Defoe went on to score 2 to seal it for Toronto.

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The Dynamo traveled north of the border to take on Toronto FC after coming off a 2-2 draw to the New York Red Bulls. The Dynamo is hoping to build on the draw with the return of Brad Davis, Ricardo Clark, and Oscar Boniek Garcia for a second straight game. The Dynamo out possessed Toronto early into the match and were rewarded with a goal in the 13th minute. Giles Barnes did great work dribbling through and drawing defenders. Barnes then picked out an open Brad Davis whose shot put the Dynamo up 1-0. Toronto tried to respond quickly after Davis's goal, but a spectacular low save by Tally Hall kept the Dynamo up a goal early in the first half.

Things got a little nervy after Andrew Driver brought down a man just outside of the 18 yard box, but Jermain Defoe's shot is tipped over the top by Hall. The Dynamo doubled their lead after Giles Barnes sent in a ball to an open Davis who calmly settled the ball down with his chest to his foot and put it in the back of the net: 2-0 Dynamo lead.

Toronto found their way back in the game after Jermain Defoe played in a ball which was bobbled by Hall and then found the head of Jonathan Osorio which found its way into the goal. Soon after Warren Creavalle made a dangerous run into TFC's box, but Toronto would level the match on the counter attack after Dominic Oduro's first shot was saved, but not his second.

The teams would head to their locker rooms locked at 2-2. After the Dynamo out possessed Toronto for most of the game and found the better chances, TFC found a way to stay in the game and fight back despite being down 2 goals.

The second half started with back and forth efforts, but the Dynamo got their first good chance of the half after a great pass by Brad Davis found the feet of Oscar Boniek Garcia who turned with the ball and curled a shot in towards the corner, but it was saved by TFC Goalkeeper Joe Bendik. Unfortunately Jermain Defoe responded for TFC by scoring and putting the home team up 3-2.

As the game wore on the Dynamo legs looked tired and they were forced to chase the ball around with TFC dominating possession. However, Brian Ownby brought a spark off the bench which forced a few brilliant chances for the men in orange including a great header by Ownby, but it was a better save for Bendik.

The Dynamo switched things up moving to a 3-4-3 with Cummings coming on for a Creavalle. The change nearly helped the Dynamo equalize as a counter attack led to a Brad Davis shot, but his effort went right to the keeper. Having three defenders in the back does have its own set of challenges though as Gilberto nearly found the corner of the goal passed Tally Hall after making a run through the defense.

After the Dynamo tried to find a hole in the TFC defense, a poor pass from Servando Carrasco, who came on for Ricardo Clark, led to a 1v1 for Jermain Defoe against Tally Hall. Hall managed to save the initial shot, but the rebound fell to Defoe who scored the goal to seal it.

The final whistle blew and the Dynamo fell 4-2 as their struggles in Canada continue. The Dynamo let a 2-0 lead become a 4-2 defeat. There are lots of talking points in this game from turnovers, defensive errors, poor passes, good passes, saves, and many other hypothetical situations. The Dynamo goes on to face Toronto again next week, but this time at home.