2019-07-20-TOR-HOU

Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 20
Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo
BMO Field - Toronto
July 20 - 7:30 PM ET

TV: TSN4

STREAMING: MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US

After back-to-back emotional wins over Eastern Conference foes, Toronto FC look to keep the ball rolling against a Houston Dynamo side that have won just once in nine games away from BBVA Stadium when the sides meet Saturday night at BMO Field.

Toronto FC (8-8-5) moved above the playoff line and into sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls Wednesday night at home. Jozy Altidore opened the scoring with a sensational backheel flick in the 6th minute, before Alejandro Pozuelo doubled the lead from the penalty spot in the 26th minute. The Red Bulls clawed back on a Tom Barlow tap-in in the 63rd minute, only for Ashtone Morgan to close the door nine minutes later, capitalizing on a defensive blunder.

In the 6th minute of their game Wednesday night, the Dynamo (8-9-3) were reduced to 10 men when Alberth Elis was sent off on a straight red card after making contract with referee Chris Penso, all while arguing a booking he received seconds earlier. Atlanta pounced, scoring twice inside the opening 30 minutes and three more times in the final half hour to cruise to a 5-0 home win. 

Toronto FC
Toronto FC vs. Houston

Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 pm ET
BMO Field

Houston

Toronto FC

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • QUESTIONABLE: None
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Richie Laryea (M)
  • International duty: None

Houston Dynamo

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • QUESTIONABLE: Eric Bird (M) - hip injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Memo Rodriguez (M) - left hamstring
  • Suspended: Alberth Elis (F)
  • Suspended after next caution: A.J. DeLaGarza (D), Maynor Figueroa (D), Alberth Elis (F), Romell Quioto (M)
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Toronto FC

  • Toronto FC: 4 wins, 14 goals
  • Dynamo: 3 wins, 12 goals
  • 4 draws

Officials

  • Referee: Alex Chilowicz
  • Assistant Referees: Claudiu Badea, Brian Poeschel
  • 4th Official: Baldomero Toledo
  • VAR: Sorin Stoica

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