Houston (CBS Houston) – A trip north of the border gives the Dynamo a chance to win their first road points of the year as they face Toronto FC, the defending Eastern Conference champions.
The Dynamo (4-2-1, 13 points) are third in the Western Conference table, but have lost both of their road matches this season, a 2-0 loss at New England and a 4-2 loss at Seattle.
Last week, the Dynamo picked up their first clean sheet of the season with a 2-0 win over San Jose. Erick Torres scores his MLS leading seventh goal in the match, while Albert Elis scored his third of the year.
One of the storylines coming from the match was that Wilmer Cabrera went with a 4-4-2 formation for the first time this season, adjusting from his 4-3-3. The new alignment helped out defensively, which led to Joe Willis’ 10th career shutout.
Also, the Dynamo were able to get some injured players back in the lineup. Juan David Cabezas and Leonardo both started for the first time since their injuries. While Romell Quioto and A.J. DeLaGarza were both on the match day roster, Quioto was used as a sub while DeLaGarza didn’t appear in the match.
Friday’s match will be a tough test for the Dynamo as they face the defending Eastern Conference champions. Last year, Toronto FC got hot in the playoffs and would win the Eastern Conference despite finishing third in the regular season. Toronto FC’s MLS Cup dreams would fall short as they lost a scoreless draw to Seattle in penalty kicks.
This year Toronto FC (2-1-4) has started a little slow as they are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference table.
Toronto FC has scored 10 goals in seven games played while giving up seven. In their last match they beat Chicago, 3-1 behind two goals from Sebastian Giovinco. The two goals for Giovinco moved him into a tie with Jozy Altidore with three goals for the team lead.
In three matches Toronto FC is undefeated at home, but have won just once, as they are 1-0-2 when playing at BMO Field.
Listen to Friday’s match with prematch coverage beginning at 6 p.m. on 95.7 HD3 and the radio.com app.