The Houston Dynamo are coming off one of their wildest games of the year during their midweek match against the LA Galaxy that ended in a 3-3 draw. The game opened with a very early own goal committed by DaMarcus Beasley followed by a poor giveaway by Cubo Torres that led to a counter attacking goal by LA. Tomas Martinez was able to get one back for Houston before halftime, but the Dynamo began the 2nd half half asleep as A. J. DeLaGarza gave away a ball in midfield that led to another counter attacking goal for the Galaxy. Despite all of this, the Dynamo controlled most of the game and kept knocking on the door for goals with attempt after attempt. Finally, Alberth Elis was fouled in the penalty box and he converted from the spot to put the Dynamo within one goal. Not long after he was able to connect again from a pass by Vicente Sanchez which leveled the score. I won’t even mention the ref in this one who played a controversial role throughout the evening.
The Dynamo will have to move on from this emotional game as they take on Minnesota United FC who come to town this Saturday. The Loons did not have a midweek contest and are coming off an impressive 4-1 thrashing of FC Dallas in Minnesota. With the LA game not going entirely the way the Dynamo wanted, this game essentially becomes a must win.
Against the Galaxy, Wilmer Cabrera used one of his strongest starting XI’s of the year with Romell Quioto, Cubo Torres, and Alberth Elis in the forward positions. It’s hard to judge how Cabrera will lineup this one because he has shown a penchant for resting players in the past, but I think given the importance of this one he goes for his strongest lineup yet and keeps things the same but with Mauro Manotas coming on for Cubo. Now, it could be Elis who starts on the bench since Elis went the full 90, but Cubo committed a very costly turnover that directly led to a goal for the Galaxy so I think he comes off the bench for his error.
In midfield there was a big loss in the midweek match as Juan David Cabezas went down with an injury which could shake up a lot. I would anticipate Ricardo Clark to start and possibly Alex Lima who came off the bench for Cabezas. However, we could see Eric Alexander play in that role who is a more “like for like” substitute for Cabezas. I also think Tomas Martinez gets another crack at the starting lineup after bagging his first goal as a Dynamo player.
In the back, Dylan Remick is my pick to start over DaMarcus Beasley at LB. Beasley played the 90 against New York City FC and against LA so I think considering his age and the own goal, Remick is back in the lineup (though I’ll probably be wrong about this). Next to Remick I’d predict the rest to be the usual suspects of Leonardo, Adolfo Machado, and A. J. DeLaGarza with Tyler Deric in goal.
My Projected Starting Lineup
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