Dynamo Weekly: Toronto Preview
Judging by their respective 2012 records, any match between the Houston Dynamo and Toronto FC might seem like a foregone conclusion. But for whatever reason, TFC always seems to put their best foot forward against the Dynamo – and that – on top of Houston’s recent road woes makes Saturday’s fixture at BMO Field anything but predictable.
“They are intense for ninety minutes and they don’t back down,” noted Dynamo defender. “It feels like they have nothing to lose. They go out, they play hard and they have good chemistry. They are just a difficult team to break down.”
Toronto enters Saturday with a 1-2-3 record, having tied each of their last three contests. Forward Robert Earnshaw, in his first MLS season since transferring from Cardiff City of the England’s Championship division, leads the league in scoring with five goals.
Despite their recent form away from BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston should receive a boost from the return of Boniek Garcia. The Honduran winger missed each of the last two games with tendonitis in his left Achilles, but practiced on Friday and will travel with the team to Toronto. In Garcia’s absence, British import Andrew Driver has played a key role in the Dynamo midfield. Driver earned his second MLS start on Houston’s last road trip, an early-April loss at Portland that left a sour taste in the Dynamo dressing room.
“There’s a lot of frustration – especially with the Portland game,” Driver acknowledged Thursday. “It is still in the front of the mind. We let ourselves down in the second half and we’ve got to use that as incentive to go to Toronto and put in a good performance.”
Saturday’s match will be broadcast locally on KPRC. Join Glenn Davis and Eddie Robinson for Dynamo Pregame Live at 2:30 p.m. followed by a 3 p.m. kickoff from Toronto’s BMO Field.