Sep 14, 2012; Kansas City, KS, USA; Houston Dynamo players pose for a photo before the game against Sporting KC at Livestrong Sporting Park. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
Before I get too far ahead of myself, I would like to take a sentence or two to introduce myself to the readers at Dynamo Theory. You may or may not have seen me around a few times, but regardless, I greet you all the same. It's getting to the point in the season where we take a little bit of solace in the fact that the Dynamo have a bit of depth in their roster, and I suppose you could say that I'll fill that same role here. I'm fairly easy to get a hold of, either here or on Twitter (@elephande), so please feel free to drop me a line and say hello.
Okay, that's the easy part of it all. Thursday night, it gets a little more difficult, as the Dynamo host El Salvadorean side CD FAS in the first of their two home CONCACAF Champions League matches. The two sides met nearly a month ago, and the Dynamo seemed to easily handle the home side on their way to earning a 3-1 victory.
In a simple, nice world, we could presume that since they beat FAS on their turf, the Dynamo should get another three points from a match at BBVA Compass. Unfortunately, I've come to find that there is rarely such a thing as an easy three points. The matches are played for a reason, and only that 90+ minutes on the pitch will be able to confirm whether or not we can grab the points.
Caution aside, there honestly shouldn't be that much to worry about. True, we are in the middle of a playoff race, and no match should be overlooked, but the side seems to have the depth to take care of business, even if some of the normal starters rest for the Sunday match in Philadelphia. Tyler Deric started both previous CCL matches in goal,and I have a feeling he'll start this match, as well.
Houston hasn't seen a CCL match played here since 2009, and BBVA Compass should be packed, giving the Dynamo the home field advantage that might go a long way to determining the outcome of this match. All in all, the team looks perfectly poised to make a run to win the group. It's a very attainable achievement - both the Dynamo and the group's third team, Olimpia, sit at 4 points, with Olimpia enjoying a one goal edge in differential. If the team can capitalize on these last two matches at home, we might have some more CCL action to talk about come next March.