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Pre-Match Notes – Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo

Last-minute updates, video, and external links to carry into kickoff.


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.

Lineup Concerns

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’ 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.


Houston Preview

Houston Players

Glenn Davis & Sebastian Salazar - Davis lays some smack down on MLSE before previewing the match

Ryan Nelsen


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 –

Dart of the TFC match –

The Matchup – The Yorkies

Kamal Hylton Previewing the match – Soccer Newsday

Kurt Larson Previews Houston match – Toronto Sun

John Molinaro Depth Test Ahead –

Countdown: Toronto FC v Houston – Red Nation Online

Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo Match Preview – Constants – Canadian Soccer News

Jose de Jesus Ortiz: Teammates welcome Garcia back to lineup – Houston Chronicle

Dynamo Looking for Elusive Road Win – SB Nation’s Dynamo Theory

Dynamo v TFC Preview –

Enjoy the Match!