The Houston Dynamo face D.C. United this Wednesday. The Dynamo, thanks to a Giles Barnes goal and David Horst save (which is up for Save Of The Week) were able to secure 3 points against our AEG brethren L.A. Galaxy to tie for second place in the East. Directly behind us in fourth is D.C. United with only 2 points separating us.
Giles Barnes is riding back-to-back goals in back-to-back games. After nearly giving up an early goal Barnes redeemed himself quite well by putting the headphones on. In addition Mark Sherrod continued his tenacity by grabbing the assist. All was not well though with Boniek Garcia leaving the game in the 18th minute due to injury.
While we still need some shoring up on defense this should be a great test for our team's back four. With Warren Creavalle doing a great job stepping in for Servando Carrasco and David Horst continuing to be the monster he is, we should come out well tested in this match.
Know your enemy - D.C. United
The Dynamo are going on a three game road stretch and let's be realistic, playing on the road isn't our strong point as we currently sit 1-3-1 on the road. All time against D.C. Untied we stand 12-4-2 with all four losses coming at RFK stadium. With that said this will not be an easy 3 points to claim since we tend to collapse on the road.
Fabian Espindola is currently leading D.C. United in both goals and assists with 4 in each category. In addition former Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell is having a great season with D.C. having already notched 2 assists and one goal for the year. In addition Eddie Johnson finally notched his first goal of the season last week against Montreal Impact. Possibly proving to Jürgen Klinsmann that he may have made a mistake leaving him off the USMNT team.
Ben Olsen tends to go either with the 4-4-2 or the 4-3-3 formation. Either way Espindola leads the attack paired with either Johnson or Doyle. I have a feeling given that E.J. netted his first goal last game Olsen will go with the 4-4-2 and pair Espindola and E.J. up front to lead the attack. The Dynamo will not only need to be weary of Espindola's ability to put the ball where it needs to go in order to get to the back of the net, but also E.J.'s possible confidence to score goals once again.
The Dynamo will face off against D.C. United in RFK stadium, Wednesday May, 21st 6PM CST.