The Dynamo finally snapped the winless streak they had been on since July with a 4-1 win last weekend over the Portland Timbers. The game got off to a shaky start for the Dynamo after defender Alejandro Fuenmayor scored an own goal just nine minutes into the game. Alberth Elis headed home a free kick from Tomas Martinez in the 32nd minute to tie the game up. He followed it up with an assist seven minutes later as Mauro Manotas finished off a cross from Elis to give the Dynamo a 2-1 lead. Manotas scored his second goal of the game in the second half after the ball deflected off goalkeeper Steve Clark. Alejandro Fuenmayor book ended the game by scoring his third goal of the season.
Orlando is coming off of a 4-0 road loss to the Chicago Fire. Nemanja Nikolić and Alexsander Katai each scored in the first half to give the Fire a 2-0 lead. Michael de Leeuw scored in the 56th minute to extend their lead. Then Nikolić scored in the 70th minute to give himself a brace and set the win for the home team.
While the Dynamo have historically struggled on the road, Orlando City Stadium could be a good chance for them to pick up three points on the road. Orlando has given up 66 goals this season while scoring just 40 goals. On top of that Orlando hasn’t won a game since July 14. However, the Dynamo have the US Open Cup Final to think about. On Wednesday, they face the Philadelphia Union at home and the winner will be crowned the US Open Cup Champion. Since the USOC trophy is pretty much the only hardware the Dynamo have left to play for this season their lineup could reflect a priority on Wednesday’s game. Resting key players could hurt Houston’s chances for three points on Saturday.
Things kick off in Orlando at 6:30 pm CT.