MLS Match Preview – Toronto FC vs Houston Dynamo

Teams: Toronto FC vs Houston Dynamo

Kick-off: 05:00 a.m. IST at BMO Field – Toronto, Ontario

Where to Watch: The game will be live telecasted on DSport, this Saturday

Last Game Played: Aug 15, 2016; HOU 1 – 1 TOR

Season Goal leaders:  Toronto FC- Sebastian Giovinco (3 goals), Houston Dynamo- Erick Torres (7 goals)

After an uneven start to the season, Toronto FC’s current win against Chicago Fire puts them in a strong position. On Saturday, they’ll look to make it two straight solid performances against Houston Dynamo team that’s impressed at home but is still looking for its first road point of 2017.

This Saturday, Toronto FC will host Western Conference third spot holder Houston Dynamo, on April 29 at BMO Field Toronto, Ontario. The match kicks off at 05:00 a.m. and will be televised live on DSport.

Toronto FC’s superstar Sebastian Giovinco finally started firing last week, bagging a pair of goals to lead Toronto to their victory over the Chicago Fire and took home Alcatel MLS Player of the Week honors. It was a vintage performance from the 2015 MLS MVP, who had just one goal and zero assists in five games heading into Saturday’s match. He wasn’t the only Red who played well against Chicago, however. Michael Bradley turned in a solid shift, as did defender Eriq Zavaleta and midfielder Victor Vazquez.

Toronto FC, will be hoping for another standout performance from their star attacker as they look to continue clicking against Houston.

Like Chicago last week, Houston are riding some momentum heading into Saturday’s match. The Dynamo dispatched San Jose 2-0 in the last match, getting goals from Alberth Elis and Cubo Torres – who leads MLS with seven on the year – to improve to 4-2-1 and move into third in the West. That’s an impressive start, but Houston have picked up all 13 of their points at home, posting a 0-2-0 road mark thus far.

The win against San Jose kept the Dynamo unbeaten in Houston, moving the club to 4-0-1 at home this season. We’ll see if they can emerge with a result from BMO Field this Saturday.

Toronto FC

Suspended: NONE

Int’l Duty: NONE

Injury Report: OUT – GK Clint Irwin (hamstring strain), D Drew Moor (cardiac arrythymia), D Ashtone Morgan (stress fracture in foot)

Projected Starting XI (3-5-2): Alex Bono – Eriq Zavaleta, Nick Hagglund, Justin Morrow – Steven Beitashour, Victor Vazquez, Michael Bradley, Marky Delgado, Raheem Edwards – Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore

Notes: Toronto have only beaten Houston once in the last 11 regular season meetings between the two sides dating back to July 2011 (1-4-6) … TFC have only lost twice in their last 18 regular season home games (8-2-8).

Houston Dynamo

Suspended: NONE

Int’l Duty: NONE

Injury Report: OUT – D George Malki (torn ACL); QUESTIONABLE – Agus (left hamstring)

Projected Starting XI (4-3-3): Joe Willis – AJ DeLaGarza, Adolfo Machado, Leonardo, DaMarcus Beasley – Juan Cabezas, Eric Alexander, Alex – Alberth Elis, Cubo Torres, Romell Quioto

Notes: Houston’s 2-0 win against San Jose last weekend was their first shutout in their last nine league matches … Eric Alexander’s assist on Alberth Elis’ goal last weekend was his first in 16 appearances with the Dynamo.

All-Time Series

Overall: Toronto 4 wins (22 goals), Houston 6 wins (28 goals), 10 draws

At Toronto: Toronto 3 wins (13 goals), Houston 3 wins (12 goals), 4 draws

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