Houston Dynamo 5, Toronto FC 1 | 2018 MLS Match Recap
In just his second start of the season, Quioto contributed his first points. He had seven goals and three assists for Houston last season.
With the game sandwiched between legs of the Concacaf Champions League final, TFC coach Greg Vanney started an entirely different starting XI than in Tuesday's first leg in Toronto.
The Reds dressed only 16 players in their fourth MLS loss in five matches. The rest of the squad are already in Mexico preparing for Wednesday's second leg against CD Guadalajara.
- THE BIG PICTURE: Chances to win a continental championship don't come around often, but Toronto will likely pay at least a mild a price for sacrificing their personnel for some of these early MLS fixtures. One more loss and they will have equaled their league total from all of 2017.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: If Taintor is heading back to Sacramento after this one, he will have at least gained the Reds' attention. He scored his first-ever MLS goal early in the second half after having labored at Toronto's USL TFC II side last season, and was arguably TFC's best player on Saturday.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Quioto sealed the honor with his two assists and generally tormenting play on the left flank. But his goal in the 77th minute was thoroughly deserved. Getting Quioto to contribute more consistently would help coach Wilmer Cabrera's group find more consistent form.
- 3' - HOU - Mauro Manotas Watch
- 7' - HOU - Leonardo Watch
- 46' - HOU - Eric Alexander Watch
- 52' - TOR - Mitchell Taintor Watch
- 60' - HOU - Alberth Elis Watch
- 77' - HOU - Romell Quioto Watch