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Dynamo 3, Toronto FC 0

May 31, 2009 - 4:20 AM By JEREMY RAKES STATS MLS Correspondent

HOUSTON (STATS) ? The Houston Dynamo continue to roll through the competition. Toronto FC was this week's victim.

The Dynamo scored three goals in a five-minute span of the first half and cruised from there for a 3-0 win Saturday night, extending their unbeaten streak to seven games.

"First half was fantastic," said Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear. "We came out with a great attitude and the goals were excellent. We saw the game out (in the second half) quite efficiently. I am really happy."

Houston (5-2-3) took a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by Brad Davis in the 20th minute. Davis scored from about 20 yards out on the right side on a direct kick, sending a low shot through the Toronto wall and into the middle of the net, surprising goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

Two minutes later, Brian Ching sent a cross into the middle of the box to Kei Kamara, who turned and deflected it just inside the left post to make it 2-0. Two minutes later, Davis nudged a free kick to Stuart Holden, who nailed a bouncer under the Toronto wall and just off the left post and in.

"We practice it a lot," said Davis, who has a league-high seven assists, notching at least one in a team-record sixth straight game. "When I step up, most teams think I'm going to hit it. It was a perfect spot and they bit on me running up to the ball and (Stuart) has a great shot where all he has to do is hit the target and he did and it hit the back of the net."

Toronto (4-4-4) entered with just one loss in its past six games, but came out flat as Houston dominated play for most of the game.

"We had a really, really poor couple minutes where they scored goals, but after that, they just sat back," Toronto interim coach Chris Cummins said. "We are disappointed. We didn't play particularly well today, and I thought Houston did."

Toronto's plan to slow the Houston offense was to stop crosses and set plays. With Houston scoring two of its three goals on the set plays and the third on a cross, that plan failed.

"We knew going in that was their game plan, and they capitalized on it," said Toronto midfielder Dwayne De Rosario, who was making his return to Houston after being traded to Toronto in the offseason. "We didn't come out the way we knew we should have. After the first 25 minutes, we are 3-0 down. By that time, it's hard to get back into the game, especially against them and in the heat.

"We are disappointed more so for our lack of attitude. In the second half, we were playing more for pride, but I think there was enough there. If you think you can beat a team, 3-1, (New England last week) and then just show up next week, you can't."

Houston improved to 5-0-2 in its last seven games. The Dynamo have scored six goals in the last two games after scoring eight in their first eight matches.

"It comes and goes," Kinnear said of the scoring. "When you don't score, people ask what's wrong. When it does, people ask what's right. We keep on doing the same things. Set pieces we work on, but if you have good players on the ball, good things happen. Things are clicking for us now, but it's always the same approach and I think its why these guys remain confident."