Brian Ching scored a pair of goals and Scarborough native Dwayne De Rosario added another as the Houston Dynamo earned a 3-1 win over Toronto at Robertson Stadium in Houston on Sunday.
Jeff Cunningham scored in the 71st minute for Toronto (5-4-2), which falls to 1-4 on the road this season with the loss. Toronto played its second-straight game shorthanded. Forward Amado Guevara (Honduras) and midfielder Maurice Edu (United States) missed the game due to obligations with their respective national teams.
Goalkeeper Greg Sutton returned to the Toronto lineup after a one-game absence with the Canadian national team and was welcomed back by an aggressive Houston team (4-3-5, 17 points) — that took 19 total shots.
By contrast, Houston only faced five total shots from Toronto.
Houston scores in stoppage time
De Rosario opened the scoring in the first minute of stoppage time before the end of the first half.
The midfielder beat Toronto defender Marco Velez to a loose ball, fought off his challenge and then chipped a shot over Sutton to stake Houston to a 1-0 lead.
It wasn't long after halftime that the Dynamo struck again. In the 52nd minute, Patrick Ianni dribbled up the left sideline and sent a cross towards the the left box to De Rosario, which pulled Sutton off his line.
De Rosario then crossed the pass to the left side of the box, which Ching buried into the top right corner to give Houston a two-goal cushion.
In the 69th minute, midfielder Stuart Holden sent a pass from the end line into the centre box that Ching headed into the net for his second of the night and his fifth of the season.
Cunningham's goal from outside the 18-yard box was a potent left-footed strike that eluded Houston goalkeeper and Vancouver native Pat Onstad, but it was simply too little, too late for Toronto on this night.
Toronto FC will try and regroup on June 14 when they host the Colorado Rapids at BMO Field in Toronto.