2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Jozy Altidore (75')
  • Thomas McNamara (4')
  • Tomás Martínez (23')
  • Mauro Manotas (57')

Dynamo defeat Toronto FC behind early goals

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Dynamo end road woes against Toronto (1:10)

Houston's eight-game road losing streak came to an end against Toronto, as they secured a 3-1 win at BMO Field (1:10)

Houston Dynamo snapped an eight-game road losing streak with a 3-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday night.

Tomas Martinez also scored for the Dynamo (9-9-3, 30 points), who won their first match away from home since opening the 2019 road schedule with a 4-1 victory at Colorado on March 30. It was also just the second win in 10 league games overall for Houston, which was minus star Alberth Elis due to a red-card suspension.

Toronto (8-9-5, 29 points), meanwhile, played its third match over an eight-day stretch and was trying to win three in a row. However, TFC coach Greg Vanney opted to make seven lineup changes from Wednesday's 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls. That included both Jozy Altidore, who pulled one back late, and Michael Bradley coming on as subs, and keeping fellow star Alejandro Pozuelo out due to an ankle issue.

Houston wasted no time taking advantage of Toronto's less-than-potent starting XI by scoring in the fourth minute. Memo Rodriguez threaded a pass through the Toronto defense to McNamara, who sent a left-footed, cross-body shot past keeper Quentin Westberg.

The Dynamo were again rewarded in the 23rd minute thanks to Manotas. Taking advantage of another gap in the TFC defense, Manotas chipped a pass to the surging Martinez, who had little trouble beating Westberg.

Altidore came on out of halftime and nearly scored twice within the first five minutes as TFC elevated its pressure. Though Toronto was rejuvenated, Manotas slammed the door on the host's momentum when he brilliantly dribbled around and through four Toronto defenders, then drilled a laser past Westberg on 57 minutes for his eighth goal of 2019.

Toronto kept the pressure coming and was finally rewarded on Altidore's header in the 75th minute for his eighth of the season. TFC appeared to make it 3-2 in the 83rd, but its free-kick goal was ruled offside.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 24 +40 55
2 Minnesota United FC 25 +8 41
3 LA Galaxy 25 -3 40
4 Real Salt Lake 25 +6 40
5 Seattle Sounders FC 25 +1 39
6 San Jose Earthquakes 24 +5 38
7 Portland Timbers 24 +5 37
8 FC Dallas 26 +3 36
9 Houston Dynamo 25 -6 30
10 Sporting Kansas City 25 -7 28
11 Colorado Rapids 25 -9 26
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 26 -19 24

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Philadelphia Union 26 +10 45
2 Atlanta United FC 25 +13 42
3 DC United 26 +2 39
4 New York City FC 23 +10 38
5 New York Red Bulls 25 +5 37
6 New England 25 -7 34
7 Montreal Impact 26 -11 33
8 Orlando City SC 26 0 33
9 Toronto FC 25 -2 33
10 Chicago Fire 27 0 30
11 Columbus Crew SC 26 -12 26
12 FC Cincinnati 25 -32 18