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Boswell gives Dynamo 1-1 tie with Toronto FC

Jul 18, 2009 - 9:07 PM TORONTO(AP) -- Houston defender Bobby Boswell scored the tying goal in the 75th minute as the Dynamo rallied to a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC on Saturday.

Boswell, sent in alone on a pass from midfielder Geoff Cameron, was foiled on his first attempt by goalie Stefan Frei, but the ball came loose. Boswell then buried a shot for his third goal of the season.

Houston (9-4-5) improved the MLS' best record.

Toronto (7-6-5) took the lead in the 38th as fullback Marvell Wynne, pushing forward, made a pass that sent Dwayne DeRosario in alone on goalie Pat Onstad. DeRosario scored his team-leading sixth of the season.

"We didn't play anywhere near the standard we know we can," Toronto FC coach Chris Cummins said. "What I will say is that point might be vital to us looking for the push to get into the playoffs. And I think, two months ago, we might have lost a game like that."

The goal came just after Toronto fan-favorite striker Danny Dichio entered the game, replacing defender Adrian Serioux, who bruised a knee in a leg-on-leg collision with Houston's Dominic Oduro.

Serioux's injury will be reassessed on Monday, but Cummins said it doesn't appear to be serious.

Onstad expressed concern over the condition of artificial turf surface at BMO Field.

"It's got to be tough for Toronto FC when they have to play on that field," he said. "That field is nothing short of awful."

Dichio quickly made an impact, helping to freeze the Dynamo defenders during Wynne's pass to DeRosario and setting up the goal.

Houston played without four prominent players. Leading scorer Brian Ching and midfield standout Stuart Holden (United States) and defender Andre Hainault (Canada) are all competing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. MLS assist leader Brad Davis didn't make the trip because he has the flu.