As a up-to-date pre-match extension to Know Your Enemy, Waking the Red brings all the latest new, some video, and external reading required in the hours remaining before the match.
Oscar Boniek Garcia returned to training on Thursday, paving the way for his eventual inclusion in the starting lineup. Anything is possible this afternoon, but it is more likely he feature as a substitute, if at all. He is still listed as questionable with left Achilles tendonitis.
Driver will likely continue to start on the right side of midfield in his stead.
Calen Carr remains unavailable, listed as Out with left knee concerns.
Another young referee will be in the centre of the match, with Drew Fischer taking charge of his eleventh MLS match. His career stat-line is as follows: 10 games; Fouls Called/game: 26.9; Yellows Shown/game: 2.5; Reds: 0; Pens: 4.
According to TFC.pics’ referee stats, TFC has dealt with the Canadian official on three previous occasions, but has never won.
Interestingly, Fischer was in charge the last time the two met a BMO, when Houston strolled out 0-2 winners last July; - the only two bookings of the match went to TFC.
He was also in place for the final game of the season, away to Columbus – TFC would lose 2-1 with Terry Dunfield the only player booked.
Glenn Davis & Sebastian Salazar - Davis lays some smack down on MLSE before previewing the match
Houston has cleverly sourced out Tom Dart to contribute some excellent coverage of the side. Here’s a profile of Giles Barnes; note his familiarity with TFC’s British contingent – HoustonDynamo.com
Dart of the TFC match – HoustonDynamo.com
The Matchup – The Yorkies
Kamal Hylton Previewing the match – Soccer Newsday
Kurt Larson Previews Houston match – Toronto Sun
John Molinaro Depth Test Ahead – Sportsnet.ca
Countdown: Toronto FC v Houston – Red Nation Online
Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo Match Preview – Constants – Canadian Soccer News
Enjoy the Match!