Soccer

DeRo faces old club as TFC visit Dynamo

Toronto FC's Dwayne De Rosario is returning to face his old team as the Reds square off against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.

When Toronto FC's Dwayne De Rosario steps onto the pitch at Robertson Stadium in Houston, it will be a familiar feeling for the midfielder.

De Rosario is returning to face his old team when the Reds square off against the Dynamo on Saturday.

It's where he won four MLS championships — two with Houston, and another two when the franchise was in San Jose — and two MLS Cup MVP honours.

"Obviously [the Dynamo] are a team that I have a lot of respect for," he said. "I'm excited to go back to Houston and I had a lot of success there, but I am now a Toronto FC player and most importantly we need to go there and get a good result.

"I'm just going to try to do what I do best and hopefully it works out this weekend."

De Rosario was traded from Houston to Toronto in December for defender Julius James and allocation money, and the Scarborough, Ont. native signed a four-year deal with the Reds a month later.

"It means a lot to me playing in my hometown and I want to recreate the great memories I had at Houston with Toronto," he said.

It worked out well for the 31-year-old last weekend, as Toronto defeated New England 3-1, with De Rosario scoring the winning goal.

Guevara wins award

But it worked out even better for Amado Guevara, who scored the Reds' first and third goals in the victory.

The 33-year-old Honduran nabbed MLS player of the week honours for his contribution in last week's win, marking the first time a Red has won the award since the team first hit the field back in 2007.

Guevara leads the team in goals, with five, and is one shy of tying several players atop the MLS scoring standings.

It's the fifth time Guevara has won the award, and first since he joined Toronto FC in 2008.

TFC (4-4-3) sits third in the Eastern Conference, tied on points with D.C. United and five back of first-place Chicago.

After breaking its winless streak against New England on Saturday — TFC had never beaten the Revolution before last week — the Reds have a chance to end another one Saturday versus the Dynamo (4-3-2).

Toronto is 0-1-1 in Houston. The last time TFC visited the Dynamo, De Rosario (still with Houston) opened the scoring and the Reds lost 3-1.

Houston, which sits third in the West, is on a three-game home win streak, and hasn't lost a match since the beginning of April, going 4-0-2 since then.

With files from The Associated Press