The Houston Dynamo look to continue their momentum after their 5-0 victory over in-state rivals FC Dallas and carry that on the road against the New York Red Bulls in the team's first road game of the season. The game certainly will test the team in an environment that has been less than friendly to them in the past as the Red Bulls are 8-0-3 in all regular season meetings against the Dynamo on their home turf.
In last week's game the Dynamo showcased the style of play that Owen Coyle first discussed when he was announced as the newest head coach of the club last season. He preferred attacking based football that keeps audiences in awe. The team delivered 4 goals before the half hour mark and quickly put away a top club in the league which certainly delivered the message that this club has improved over the offseason. This week they'll be up against a team hungry for goals and points as the Red Bulls, the reigning Supporter Shield winners, have been unable to win or get on the score sheet.
The Dynamo have largely utilized a 4-2-3-1 formation which has highlighted Coyle's preferred style of attacking soccer and the team has worked out some of the defensive kinks and positioning between its first and second games. However, the team will have to resolve some personnel concerns following injuries suffered against them in the FC Dallas match. Giles Barnes and Cristian Maidana were both injured and are unlikely to feature against the Red Bulls. This will mean the substitutes that came on for them in the FCD game could start, Oscar Boniek Garcia and Leonel Miranda, or Coyle could get even more creative. Joe Willis will be back in goal for the Dynamo as Tyler Deric still isn't healthy enough to start and Sheanon Williams could also return to the starting group.
One (Likely) Lineup Possibility
This is just one possibility. There are plenty of others, but the alternative to this starting XI that I could see might be involving David Rocha at CDM alongside Ricardo Clark which could push Alex Lima into the left winger or CAM position next to Oscar Boniek Garcia or Leonel Miranda.
This is not a team to sleep on despite the fact they've scored 0 goals in 2 games. This is the reigning Supporter Shield winners that outscored everyone last season so the Dynamo will need to be disciplined. There are a lot of possibilities and directions for Coyle to go in, but we'd like to know how you'd line up the Dynamo on their first road game. Let us know how you'd take on the Red Bulls and share your choices in the comments below.