Defoe leads Toronto FC past Houston 4-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 12, 2014 at 11:52 pm •  Published: July 12, 2014
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TORONTO (AP) — Jermain Defoe set up two goals and then scored two of his own, leading Toronto FC to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer on Saturday night.

Toronto trailed 2-0 before Jonathan Osorio and Dominic Oduro leveled the scores in the first half. Defoe — a former Premier League star with Tottenham Hotspur — then scored his goals in the 63rd and 89th minutes, sliding one shot through Hall's legs and making the most of errant back pass for his second of the game. He has 10 goals in 12 league games.

Brad Davis scored twice for Houston, which has conceded a league-worst 38 goals this season. The Dynamo has not won an MLS game since a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 17.

Houston went ahead in the 13th minute when Giles Barnes fed an open Davis, whose hard left-footed shot from inside the penalty box beat Joe Bendik. Barnes got another assist on Davis' second goal in the 30th minute.

Toronto pulled one back in the 39th minute when goalkeeper Tally Hall fumbled a Defoe cross and Osorio was there to head it in. The hosts scored again during first-half stoppage time, with Defoe finding an open Oduro on a counterattack.

In Harrison, New Jersey, Thierry Henry scored and set up three others in the New York Red Bulls' 4-1 victory over the Columbus Crew.

Henry scored in the 45th minute when he nonchalantly floated the ball just inside the far post after the Red Bulls had opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Henry set up an easy tap-in for Wright-Phillips' MLS-leading 15th goal of the season.



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