The Houston Dynamo host New York City FC on Friday night at BBVA Compass Stadium. The men in orange will be looking to get the club’s first ever win over City.
Last weekend the Dynamo won 3-2 over the Chicago Fire for their first win on the road this season. The Dynamo found themselves down 2-1 at half time but rallied thanks to a brace from Alberth Elis. Romell Quioto had opened up the scoring in the fourth minute of the game. Unfortunaly, Chicago would score in the 14th and 16th minutes of the game to set up the come from behind victory for the Dynamo. In addition to the road victory the team also showed that they were able to hold a lead after finally taking control of the score board in the 74th minute.
New York is also coming off of a victory after their 4-0 defeat of the Colorado Rapids last weekend. David Villa scored a brace in the game to bring his scoring total to 404 goals in his career. Ronald Matarrita and Maxi Moralez also scored for a strong victory over the Rapids. The four goals brought the teams total to 25 goals for 2018.
New York is currently in second place in the Eastern Conference just one point behind Atlanta United. NYCFC has played two more games than Houston so far this season. Houston sits in sixth place in the Western Conference with 15 points. A scoring force in their own right the Dynamo have scored 23 goals this season.
While both teams are strong on offense their defenses have shown weaknesses. NYCFC has allowed 16 goals so far this season while Houston has allowed 17. Houston made a goalkeeping switch from Chris Seitz to Joe Willis a few games into the season to try and help stop the ball from crossing the goal line. The Dynamo have struggled with a number of injuries on defense this season including the continued absence of AJ Delagarza who tore his ACL last season. Last week against Chicago Juan David Cabezas, Darwin Cerén, A.J. DeLaGarza, Kevin Garcia, George Malki, Dylan Remick, Philippe Senderos and Jared Watts were all listed as out on the injury report. The defense has slowly started to gel as it has dealt with the injuries and seemingly continual changes to the back line.
Can the Dynamo finally get their first win over NYCFC? We’ll find out when things kick off in Houston at 7:55 pm CT on Friday night.