Sunday might be Decision Day in MLS but the Dynamo's 2016 fate has already been decided - their season ends Sunday. It has been an up and down (okay mostly down) season for the Houston Dynamo. The team has pretty much spent the 2016 MLS regular season sitting in last place in the Western Conference. They sit three points behind the Vancouver Whitecaps, the ninth place team in the West. If the Dynamo lose on Sunday and the Chicago Fire get a win over Toronto then the Dynamo will finish last in the league.
It had been a completely different story for the Colorado Rapids this season. They have sat first in the MLS standings for a number of times this season which is a big turn around after finishing last in the Western Conference in 2015. They have a chance at winning the Supporters' Shield if they beat Houston on Sunday and Dynamo rival FC Dallas lose to the LA Galaxy.
Since Wade Barrett has taken over the Dynamo have improved on the road, however, the Rapids are unbeaten at home this year. However, the Dynamo's improvement seems to have stalled as the team is now winless in four games. In additional so being unbeaten at home the Rapids have only allowed 6 goals at home this season.
Mauro Manotas is leading the Dynamo with 6 goals this season in MLS play in-spite of not seeing much playing time until after Barrett took over. Two of those goals came against the Rapids when the two played at BBVA Compass Stadium just a few weeks ago. Dominique Badji scored two goals against the Dynamo in that game before Shkelzen Gashi scored what would be the third and winning goal for the Rapids.
Tyler Deric, Agus and Raul Rodriguez are all expected to miss the final game of the season for the Dynamo.
Things kick off at Dick's Sporting Goods Park at 3 pm CT.