A much needed week off and some menial All-Star-related distractions have come and gone, but now it's time to get back to work.
Fourteen MLS matches remain - forty-two points on offer; if anything is to be made of this season Saturday is the perfect chance to continue the fine run that saw the club finally lift itself off the bottom of the league - shush, don't jinx it.
Toronto FC returns to the pitch against a familiar foe - the clubs last met in Houston slightly more than a month ago, but they will encounter a much changed Dynamo on this occasion. Much of what was discussed before still rings true (
), but five weeks can be a long time.
A closer look is in order.
Houston has played seven matches in the interim; one could be forgiven for interpreting a current six-match unbeaten streak - including wins in their last three, keeping four clean sheets, all while outscoring one's last six opponents eleven-to-two, as a strong period of stability. Granted results have been great - nine points in a week is nothing to snicker at - but beneath the on-field action, it has been a time ...