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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 24 +22 48
2 New York Red Bulls 23 +22 47
3 New York City FC 24 +17 47
4 Columbus Crew SC 24 +2 39
5 Philadelphia Union 23 -7 30
6 Montreal Impact 25 -10 30
7 New England Revolution 23 0 29
8 Orlando City SC 24 -20 23
9 Toronto FC 23 -5 23
10 Chicago Fire 25 -14 23
11 DC United 20 -5 21

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 FC Dallas 23 +7 42
2 Sporting Kansas City 23 +12 39
3 Portland Timbers 21 +7 37
4 LA Galaxy 24 +6 36
5 LAFC 23 +6 36
6 Real Salt Lake 24 -7 35
7 Vancouver Whitecaps 24 -9 33
8 Seattle Sounders FC 23 0 32
9 Minnesota United FC 24 -10 29
10 Houston Dynamo 23 +5 27
11 Colorado Rapids 23 -9 23
12 San Jose Earthquakes 23 -10 16

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