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2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Mauro Manotas (3')
  • Leonardo (7')
  • Eric Alexander (46')
  • Alberth Elis (60')
  • Romell Quioto (77')
  • Mitchell Taintor (52')

Houston Dynamo roll over depleted Toronto FC lineup

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Houston 5-1 Toronto: Dynamo rout TFC reserves - Via MLS (3:50)

Toronto FC's decision to rest players for the Champions League once again cost them points in MLS as Houston put five goals past the Reds. (3:50)

Defending MLS champions Toronto FC remained at the bottom of the table after again resting many top players in a 5-1 defeat at the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.

Toronto is focusing on the CONCACAF Champions League final, with the second leg against Chivas to come in Guadalajara next week, and the likes of Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley were again left out of the squad for the trip to Houston.

Toronto had only five available substitutes, two fewer than the limit, and gave a start to defender Mitchell Taintor, a former reserves player who only joined the club on loan from the Sacramento Republic on Friday.

Houston took full advantage, as Mauro Manotas and Leonardo both scored in the opening seven minutes, and Eric Alexander added a third in the first minute of the second half.

Taintor scored Toronto's only goal with a header following a corner, but Alberth Elis and Romell Quioto added two more goals for the Dynamo.

Toronto has earned just three points from their opening five MLS games, winning one and losing four.

The Reds will need to score at least twice in Mexico on Wednesday to overturn last Tuesday's 2-1 home defeat to Chivas.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Atlanta United FC 12 +10 25
2 New York City FC 12 +9 24
3 Columbus Crew SC 13 +8 24
4 New York Red Bulls 10 +14 21
5 Orlando City SC 11 +3 19
6 New England Revolution 11 +3 17
7 Philadelphia Union 11 -3 14
8 Chicago Fire 11 -5 11
9 Toronto FC 10 -5 10
10 Montreal Impact 12 -13 9
11 DC United 9 -4 8

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Sporting Kansas City 12 +11 24
2 LAFC 11 +5 20
3 Portland Timbers 10 +1 17
4 FC Dallas 10 +5 17
5 Vancouver Whitecaps 13 -8 16
6 Houston Dynamo 10 +6 15
7 LA Galaxy 11 -4 13
8 Minnesota United FC 12 -8 13
9 Real Salt Lake 11 -11 13
10 San Jose Earthquakes 11 -4 9
11 Seattle Sounders FC 9 -4 8
12 Colorado Rapids 10 -6 8

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