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Houston survives to draw Toronto, but warning signs abound

Toronto FC v Houston Dynamo

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 20: Will Bruin #12 of the Houston Dynamo grabs the ball out of the goal after scoring in the second half against Toronto FC at BBVA Compass Stadium on June 20, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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All the warning signs are going up in Houston.

After surviving the early, road-intensive scheduling gauntlet – the result of BBVA Compass Stadium’s late opening – the men in Orange had everything in front of them for the summer.

And in fairness, they haven’t lost yet at BBVA, now 3-0-2 after last night’s rally from two goals down against the worst team in MLS. Two second-half strikes let Houston off with a 3-3 draw with Toronto (which dressed just 15 players, including the extra goalkeeper, after seeing three arrested and subsequently sent home Sunday night.)

Still …

Dallas out-played Houston for at BBVA for long stretches over the weekend, although the home team eventually prevailed over its Texas rival, which went down to 10 men.

And it was more of the same to open things Wednesday, as Toronto built a 3-1 lead at the break. The Dynamo defense was nowhere to be found.

Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall told “I’m going to say we were probably playing some of the worst soccer I’ve ever seen. We were uncharacteristically losing battles that we’ve won all year. At halftime, [Kinnear] told us, ‘Don’t look at the scoreboard, go out there be men, be better. Tackle and do things that are characteristically us and the scoreboard will take care of itself.’ ”

Will Bruin’s goals in the 73rd and 90th minutes made things exciting for the home fans, at least. Highlights are here: