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Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo: Game Thread

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Houston always seems to bring out the best (or was it the worst? No, it's the best...) of TFC whenever these sides meet, and you can follow along with us here in our open thread, starting at 3:30pm ET!

YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!!!!
YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!!!!
Bob Levey

Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo
2013 MLS Season, Game 7
4pm ET (2pm MT), April 20, 2013
BMO Field, Toronto
, Ontario
TSN (Canada), KPRC 2 (Houston), MLS Live

Referee Drew Fischer (Canada)
Assistants Joe Fletcher, Claudio Badea, Mathieu Bordeau
All Time Head-to-Head TFC 3, HOU 4, draw 6
Toronto Head-to-Head
TFC 2, HOU 1, draw 3
Last Year TFC 0, HOU 1, draw 2
Last Meeting 8/25/2012, HOU 1-1 TFC
Weather Variable clouds, 3°C
Wind W 29 km/h

What is it with Houston and Canada? Other than the fact that the warm location and the fact that some of Canada's top stars have played for the Dynamo, there isn't much -- but for some reason, something always seems to click for TFC when they take on the Dynamo. Maybe there is something to prove? Or maybe there is an unknown rivalry? Either way, Ryan Nelsen and the Reds will have a whale of a time at BMO Field trying to get three points.

The Dynamo are the class of the MLS, thanks largely to a experienced and wily coach in Dominic Kinnear. Many names may have departed for new greener pastures since these sides last met, but names like Brad Davis, Ricardo Clark, Brian Ching and Adam Moffat still remain, joining new names like Giles Barnes, Omar Cummings, Boniek Garcia and others. But even then, some aren't all that confident.

On the home side, well...things aren't bad, but they aren't good either. Three straight games, three straight draws. Ashtone Morgan is suspended, while Eckersley, Dunfield and Russell are out to injury. So the ever-fragile TFC backline will depend on O'Dea leading Agbossoumonde, Richter and Henry. Robert Earnshaw is still on fire, and only time will tell if Hogan Ephraim will make an appearance...and hey, today would be nice, no? (And if you think you know how this game turns out, prove it with our Are You Smarter? game!)

So join your fellow readers and WTR writers here, for all the thrills and spills, the news and views as we watch the Reds take on the Dynamo. Don't watch the game alone -- this thread is for you!