The Houston Dynamo are on the road this weekend to Salt Lake City to take on Real Salt Lake. Real is undefeated at home this season while the Dynamo have managed to win only on game on the road this season. The Dynamo have never won at Rio Tinto Stadium going 0-4-2 since the stadium opened in 2009. Sitting in fourth place in the Western Conference RSL has been a tough team to face this season while the Dynamo have been hit or miss and have spent the season at the bottom of the Western Conference.
The Dynamo are coming off an emotional game against rival SKC where they came back from being down two goals to tie in the last minute of the game. After giving up two early goals to SKC, Mauro Manotas got the Dynamo on the board in the 31st minute with his first MLS goal. Alex Lima would level things in the second half of the game. A goal from Dom Dwyer would put SKC back out front seemingly putting the game out of reach for the Dynamo. However, a 94th minute goal from Raul Rodriguez would give the Dynamo the goal they needed to leave Sporting Park with a point.
Real Salt Lake lost last weekend to the Portland Timbers on the road. Real went down early thanks to a 12th minute goal from Fanendo Adi. They were unable to find an equalizer in the remainder of the game. Giving up early goals has been an issue for Real as this was the sixth goal they have conceded within the first 15 minutes of a match. They have allowed a total of 14 goals in the first half hour of games this season. They will be without Sunny Stephen who is suspended for one game by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for a foul committed during the game against the Timbers.
The Dynamo injury report still lists Tyler Deric, Agus and Rob Lovejoy as being out due to injury.
This is the third game played between the two teams so far this season. The teams have split the match ups so far with RSL winning their April 30 game 3-1 and Houston winning the second game 1-0 on May 15.
The final game between to the two this season will kickoff on Saturday at 8:30 pm CT.