Houston (CBS Houston) – Last season’s MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco, and U.S. men’s national team stars Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley invade Houston on Saturday when Toronto FC visits for the only time this season.
Last week the Dynamo were shutout in Montreal, 1-0. Matteo Mancosu’s second goal of the season in the 76th minute was the only score of the game.
With the loss the Dynamo are now winless in their last five, and have been held without a goal in four of those five matches. The last Dynamo win came on July 2 when they beat Philadelphia, 1-0 at home.
Will Bruin, Andrew Wenger and the recently traded, Giles Barnes share the club lead with four goals each. Boniek Garcia is the team leader with five assists.
The injury bug has bit the club recently with DaMarcus Beasley, Tyler Deric, Raul Rodriguez and Agus all out last week. Ricardo Clark was also injured during last week’s match. To make matters worse, David Horst was suspended by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for Saturday’s match because of violent conduct that endangered the safety of an opponent.
Toronto has won four straight, three of the four matches by three goals. Most recently Giovinco secured his fourth career hat trick to lead Toronto past New England, 4-1.
Toronto (10-7-6, 30 points) has moved to second in the Eastern Conference with their recent four match winning streak, but all of those were home games. On the road Toronto is 3-6-3 and winless in their last five.
Giovinco leads Toronto, and the MLS, with 15 goals this season and is second in the league with 10 assists. Giovinco was last year’s MVP and winner of the golden boot. Altidore has returned for Toronto after missing nine games with a hamstring injury, and has played in the last four matches as a sub.
The Dynamo have won the last two meetings in the series, both of which were in Toronto. The two teams have played to draws in the last four matches in Houston.