Dynamo Need Complete Performance To Prevail – Houston Preview

The cross-state rivalry between Houston and Dallas might be one of the greatest city rivalries in the nation. Saturday night, the feud on the pitch between FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo writes another chapter.

Houston Dynamo at Sporting Kansas City

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As the MLS season enters the month of August, the Houston Dynamo are in eighth place in the Western Conference, five points out of the final playoff spot.

Last week, the Dynamo got a huge 3-0 home win over Los Angeles, the second place team in the West. If Houston is to make a serious run at the playoffs, they have to get a streak going, and keep their offense churning like it did last Saturday night.

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Houston Dynamo 3, Los Angeles Galaxy 0

All it takes is one.

The Dynamo entered Saturday night in ninth place in the MLS standings. With an offense that has been struggling as of late, Houston needed their attack to come together to pick up one big win to start a streak, and possibly even make a run at the playoffs.

They got that win on Saturday in the form of a 3-0 lashing of the Los Angeles Galaxy (9-7-7), who sit in second in the Western Conference, in Houston.

Reggae Boyz Ruin USA’s day in Gold Cup Semifinal

Photo by David Chaffin for Soccer Information Network
Photo by David Chaffin for Soccer Information Network

In an ironic twist, players from the league that was created in the US to help grow the US National Team program are the reason the Americans were eliminated from the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Wednesday.

The Americans entered Wednesday a perfect 3-0-0 all-time against the Jamaicans in Gold Cup play, but the games were all very close. Tonight, Jamaica finally got the better of the United States in a 2-1 win in the Gold Cup semifinals.

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Dynamo Fall In Open Cup, 3-1, To Sporting Kansas City

Trying to make their first US Open Cup semifinals since 2009, the Dynamo led Sporting KC late and after a penalty kick save, looked possibly on their way to the next round, although they were handicapped and the question was whether they could survive.

But Sporting reeled off three goals in 20 minutes to stun Houston 3-1 on their way to advancing to the US Open Cup semifinals.

Dynamo Fall, 2-0, To Real Salt Lake In Battle For Playoff Survival

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If one could have thought of a ‘worst case scenario’ for the Houston Dynamo coming into Saturday’s game, they would have seen their prediction come to life in Utah’s capital city.

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Jamaica Returns to Gold Cup, Faces Costa Rica Tonight

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Jamaica will also participate in the cup for the first time since 2011, and open against Costa Rica at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California tonight. They feature players from both FC Dallas and Houston. Giles Barnes and Jermaine Taylor will represent Houston and Je-Vaughn Watson will play representing his club FC Dallas. Continue reading

Houston Dynamo 1, Chicago Fire 1

In what was a choppy, physical defensive game, the Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire drew a 1-1 tie on Friday evening in BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. It was a game that did not present many good goal scoring chances for either team, as both squads placed only two shots on target a piece.

Houston Dynamo v Chicago Fire – Match Preview

Entering Friday, the Houston Dynamo sit in ninth place with 20 points in the Western Conference standings, but are only a mere six points out of the final playoff spot, which belongs to in-state rival FC Dallas. They will look to improve their standing Friday night as they take on a struggling Chicago Fire side from BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

Houston is coming off a 1-0 rain soaked win over the Colorado Rapids in the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night. The Dynamo fell to FC Dallas 2-0 in their last MLS match, and will be looking to earn their first points since a 4-2 win over New York on June 5th. Considering how poor the Fire have been this season, and how tight the fight will be for playoff positioning in the Western Conference, this is almost a must-win.

Houston Dynamo 0, at FC Dallas 2 – Match Recap

castillo houston goalie-5093On another rain soaked evening and pitch in Texas, and after enduring a rain delay for over an hour, the Houston Dynamo fell to FC Dallas for the second time in 2015 in a physical 2-0 match in Frisco. The loss gives FC Dallas El Capitan for the third straight season and drops Houston to 5-7-5 on the year. Continue reading