VANCOUVER, CANADA - AUGUST 27: Tally Hall #1 of the Houston Dynamo redirects the ball off a post during their MLS game August 27, 2011 at Empire Field in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
The Houston Dynamo's busy week continues tomorrow night in Columbus against the struggling Crew in yet another edition of "The Must Win Game". After the beat down in Kansas City over the weekend, Houston desperately needs points to hold on to a playoff spot, but it's not going to be easy.
Carlo Costly is suspended for his red card against Sporting Kansas City and be glad this isn't the EPL or he'd be gone for three match for violent conduct. Brian Ching is also doubtful with a groin strain that took him out of Saturday's game at halftime. So the Dynamo attack will have to be lead by Cam Weaver and possibly Will Bruin, depending on how ready he is to play.
Personally, I'd rather see a 4-5-1/4-1-4-1 formation with Luiz Camargo and Je-Vaughn Watson in the middle, backed by Adam Moffat with Geoff Cameron tucked neatly beside Andre Hainault in the central defense. Pipe dream? Probably, but it sure does make sense doesn't it?
Ashe - Cameron - Hainault - Freeman
Clark - Camargo - Watson - Davis
Why not play to the midfield depth and see what Camargo and Watson can do to try to ignite this offense and possibly force the Crew to pay less attention to Brad Davis on the outside?
Instead, we'll probably see the same old 4-4-2 with Weaver and Bruin up to and Cameron in the CAM role with either Taylor or Boswell in defense. After all, it hasn't been working consistently all season so of course let's keep smashing the round peg in the square hole until it somehow fits. Sure the Dynamo have managed to work themselves in to playoff position but at this point, why not mix things up a little. It's not like you could have any worse of a game tomorrow than you did on the weekend right?
I suppose we'll see what happens tomorrow roughly an hour before kickoff at Crew Stadium when lineups are released but one thing is for certain. A month ago, this game didn't look winnable at all, suddenly the Crew look vulnerable and if the Dynamo are serious about making the playoffs, which they claim to be, points must be taken. I'd say a win but come on, this team's kryptonite is travel of any form so I'm short on optimism.