Friday's rivalry reignited match against FC Dallas has most Houston Dynamo fans feeling sour after the home team's 4-1 defeat. The Dynamo dominated statistical categories except the one that mattered the most: the score line. It was similar to how the Montreal Impact controlled the game, but lost 3-0. Giles Barnes's free kick to bring the game within a single goal stood out as the game's most memorable highlight for the Dynamo.
The starting lineup for the Dynamo was the same as the lineup that featured against Sporting Kansas City. Will Bruin is a starter now, although his early exit and the team's poor defensive form may spell the end of his time in the starting XI. I personally don't think that the goals were because of Bruin or the formation, but Coyle may decide to shake things up again and see what sticks.
Owen Coyle's Starting XI
Fan Selected Starting XI against FC Dallas
The fan selected squad mirrored Coyle's group with one exception: Luis Garrido over Nathan Sturgis. Sturgis isn't expected to feature against the San Jose Earthquakes following a right shoulder dislocation (no timetable for return yet) against FC Dallas. One player's misfortune is another's opportunity as Garrido should be slotted to re-take his position in central midfield alongside Ricardo Clark.
It will be Dominic Kinnear's return home and the Dynamo will want to bounce back. Giving up 8 goals in 2 games should provide the players with plenty of incentive to spoil Dom's return to Houston, but how Coyle will want to bounce back isn't known. He could continue his 4-4-2 which has seen positive results, but poor officiating and mistakes at the back could see the end of the formation. The 4-5-1 will be harder to field without Nathan Sturgis, though the rookie Zach Steinberger could see time, especially given the short turnaround from Friday's game.
So who do you want in your starting XI against Dominic Kinnear's San Jose Earthquakes? Do you stay the course or change it up? Let us know and feel free to comment below about your choices.