The Houston Dynamo would like to rebound from their previous road outing against Orlando City SC which resulted in a dull 0-0 draw as they head to Los Angeles to take on the LA Galaxy. The Dynamo last played the Galaxy at BBVA Compass Stadium and fell 4-1 in not only the worst home performance of the season, but one of only 2 games in which the Dynamo lost by more than 1 goal (the other coming at Avaya Stadium to the San Jose Earthquakes).
Defensively, the Dynamo have been among the best recently as they've only given up 3 shots on target in the last 2 games. However, the support on the offensive side of the ball has not always been there, particularly on the road. Wade Barrett's system is supposed to clog midfield passing lanes with players in order to force turnovers in advanced areas of the field, but against Orlando last week players were reluctant to get forward and the team sat in too much. That must change if they want a result against the LA Galaxy who, like Orlando City, are unbeaten at home.
Personnel wise, the Dynamo are the same as before with one glaring exception. All players remain healthy and available except for DaMarcus Beasley who recently underwent a minor surgical operation on his left knee which should sideline him for up to 4 weeks. Beasley has been a huge part of the success the Dynamo has had defensively and has been a factor pushing up the field and linking with Alex Lima, Oscar Boniek Garcia, and Cristian Maidana.
There are a few options to replace Beasley with Abdoulie Mansally being the usual player to get the call when Beasley is out. Mansally is a converted forward turned left back who is similar in style of play to Beasley. Barrett could also turn to Sheanon Williams who filled in for Beasley when he was substituted against Orlando. Alternatively, Raul Rodriguez is also capable of filling in which could lead to an Agus appearance at center back.
My Projected Lineup
Against Orlando City, the Dynamo lacked creativity which is why I believe Barrett to try Cristian Maidana at left midfield/left winger again instead of Oscar Boniek Garcia. Boniek, who has played well lately, really had a tough outing against Orlando and Chaco Maidana seems to have regained confidence and form in his substitute appearances. I don't believe Barrett will change too much else given the defensive success the club has seen, but Mauro Manotas or Erick Torres could certainly see some time either as substitutes or as starters if Barrett decided to shake things up offensively.
How will the Dynamo cope with the loss of Beasley in the back? Will the offense finally take off? It all depends on how they line up, and we want to know how you'd set your starting XI against the LA Galaxy. Let us know below and feel free to share your formation and starting squad in the comments below.