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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 33 +29 69
2 New York Red Bulls 33 +28 68
3 New York City FC 33 +12 53
4 Philadelphia Union 33 +1 50
5 DC United 33 +10 50
6 Columbus Crew SC 33 -3 48
7 Montreal Impact 33 -5 46
8 New England Revolution 33 -7 38
9 Toronto FC 33 -8 33
10 Chicago Fire 33 -13 31
11 Orlando City SC 33 -30 28

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 FC Dallas 32 +12 57
2 Sporting Kansas City 32 +21 56
3 LAFC 32 +17 56
4 Seattle Sounders FC 32 +13 53
5 Portland Timbers 32 +4 51
6 Real Salt Lake 33 0 49
7 LA Galaxy 32 +1 45
8 Vancouver Whitecaps 32 -14 43
9 Minnesota United FC 32 -19 36
10 Houston Dynamo 32 0 35
11 Colorado Rapids 32 -28 27
12 San Jose Earthquakes 32 -21 20

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