The men in orange are on the road against the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday. The Houston Dynamo are still looking to break their win-less streak after failing to win a game since July 7. While the Dynamo have struggled over the past month the Red Bulls on the other hand are unbeaten in five matches.
The Houston Dynamo are coming off of a 1-1 against rival FC Dallas. It looked like the Dynamo were going to suffer another loss after giving up a late goal to Michael Barrios in the 83rd minute. But second half substitute Ronaldo Pena scored in the 88th minute to tie the game up and salvage a point for the home team. The goal was his first since joining the Dynamo (and the league) in July.
The win-less stretch for the Dynamo has also coincided with Mauro Manotas’ scoring drought. The team leader in goals hasn’t scored a goal since July when he scored a tenth minute goal against the Philadelphia Union in a game that the Dynamo would go on to lose 3-1. If he fails to score against the Red Bulls August will be the first month this season that he had failed to score a goal in.
The Red Bulls are coming off of a win against rival DC United. Kaku scored the lone goal of the game pushing the Red Bulls to a 1-0 victory. The goal was his fourth of the season. While Kaku was the goal scorer in their last game it will be Bradley Wright-Phillips and Alejandro Romero Gamarra that the Dynamo will really need to keep an eye on. BWP is currently tied for second place for the most goals scored this season in the league with 16. While Gamarra leads the league in assists with 14.
It will be a tough test for Houston against one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. The Dynamo’s struggles on the road are well known. The team has never won at Red Bull Arena going 0-7-1 in their games in New Jersey. So far this season they have just one away win, a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Fire.
A win against the Dynamo would put the Red Bulls at the top of the Eastern Conference, they are currently two points out of first place. While the Dynamo currently sit in 10th place in the Western Conference, 18 points behind first place. Three points could put them into 9th place but they would still sit a solid six points behind 8th place.
Things kick off at Red Bull Arena at 7 pm CT on Wednesday.