The Houston Dynamo had a full contingent of players to challenge the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field, who were also at full strength. Owen Coyle elected to employ the tactics that he used against the LA Galaxy which was to utilize a largely defensive midfield to quash Seattle's possession based attacking approach which turned out to be largely successful. However, a single turnover or mistake against a quality opponent like Seattle can be the difference between points and no points which is exactly what happened in this match.
Owen Coyle's starting lineup (or 1 version of it anyways)
Fan Selected Starting XI against the Sounders
This week, the Dynamo take on the Montreal Impact, a team that made a mid-week stop in Alajuela Costa Rica to advance their position In CONCACAF Champion's League to the final match. Montreal to Costa Rica to Houston is a quick turnaround so we should see what the Dynamo offense is capable of against the tired legs of the Impact.
The Dynamo will be close to full strength with Raul Rodriguez being listed as out after his collision with Tyler Deric. Giles Barnes was back in practice after battling soreness in his foot, but Boniek Garcia may miss time due to illness.
Boniek Garcia was not at training today he is battling an illness. Giles Barnes was back involved.— Darrell Lovell (@DarrellLovell) April 9, 2015
That would open up the likely pairing of Jermaine Taylor and David Horst in central defense, who have both performed well together so far this season while Leonel Miranda would be the obvious replacement for Boniek at RM though Chandler Hoffman can play the position.
Coyle has used a lot of different kinds of lineups, often tailored to the opponent, but this could be one of the first chances he gets to create a lineup that focuses on offense. So what kind of lineup will we see against the Impact? You decide! Let us know below and feel free to share your opinions in the comments below.