Things did not go completely according to plan last week as the Houston Dynamo wanted to pick up 3 points against lowly New York City FC which ended in a 1-1 draw. But, that's okay considering the value of road points, the effort, and the overall travel difficulties of going from Los Angeles to Houston to NY in a short week. Will Bruin continued to shine as he scored the Dynamo's lone goal after a great effort by David Horst following a corner kick. However, a penalty kick decision found NYCFC level.
Coyle appears to have found his lineup, which will change soon when players leave for international duty, but he employed the same lineup that we've come to expect with one notable exception. Brad Davis didn't travel with the club due to a knee injury and Alex Lopez filled in the LM position.
Owen Coyle's Starting XI
The Fan Selection took a bit of a shift as Kofi Sarkodie was reinserted into the starting XI with Jermaine Taylor receiving the fewest votes among the regular starting defenders. The formation selected was the 4-4-2 (can include the 4-4-1-1), however it was very close to reverting back to the 4-5-1 and Nathan Sturgis backed the move for the formation change with plenty of votes. However, Will Bruin and the 4-4-2 formation each had more votes than Sturgis and the 4-5-1 respectively.
Fan Selected Starting XI against New York City FC
Owen Coyle seems to have found his unit of players in the 4-4-1-1 which has largely been successful on both ends of the ball. The Dynamo will take the Red Bulls at home so they'll want to play well against a team that has struggled on the road recently. The Dynamo will lose a number of players to international duty including Jermaine Taylor and Giles Barnes to play in Copa America with Jamaica and Oscar Boniek Garcia and Luis Garrido to play international friendlies with Honduras, but will be available against New York. Brad Davis trained this week (and will likely play barring any setbacks), but is still listed as questionable to play following his knee injury. If he doesn't play, expect Alex Lopez to once again take his spot.
So who do you want to start against the New York Red Bulls? Do you want to keep things the way they are or change things up following a somewhat deflating result against NYCFC? Let us know and feel free to comment below about your choices.