The Houston Dynamo are coming off a bye week and are off to their best start to a season in franchise history. With 10 points from 4 games, they currently sit in 4th place in the Western Conference with a game or two in hand depending which club you’re comparing them to. Houston’s most recent outing was a commanding performance against the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in their first away win of the 2019 season. The Dynamo’s next opponent, the San Jose Earthquakes will visit BBVA Compass Stadium this Saturday, recorded their first win of the season last week as they trounced the Portland Timbers 3-0. However, those 3 points are the only points they have and the club is likely hungry to put a few more winning performances together.
Wilmer Cabrera has some options at his disposal to stop his opponent and they begin up top. Mauro Manotas was last year’s team leading scorer and he should be primed for another break out year. Manotas should be a lock to start in the center forward position with designated player Alberth Elis starting on the right wing. Now, Romell Quioto normally starts as the third head of this dangerous trio, but he’s currently listed on the injury report as questionable with a right knee injury. It’s a good thing that Memo Rodríguez has more than stepped up and is currently the Dynamo’s leading scorer. Except to see Memo, Manotas, and Elis lined up together even with a healthy Quioto.
It was reported that Juan David Cabezas is fully healthy and available this Saturday. Cabezas even contributed 72 minutes to RGVFC Toros last week so I think his return is likely. If Cabrera plays it a little more on the cautious side with him then I’d predict the veteran Oscar Boniek García to continue to fill in. Next to Cabezas, I’d pick Matías Vera to start with Tomás Martínez as the most attacking midfielder.
Houston Dynamo's Wilmer Cabrera tells https://t.co/QqWAi38GbI that Juan David Cabezas is fully fit and available for this weekend's match. He adds DaMarcus Beasley is ahead of schedule, but he's unavailable this weekend. Run DMB was ruled out 4-6 weeks on March 20 #ForeverOrange— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) April 10, 2019
Defensively, I think we’ll see Adam Lundqvist continue to fill in for DaMarcus Beasley who will be out for a few more weeks. In central defense Maynor Figueroa returned against the Rapids following an injury he suffered against Tigres UNAL in Champions League and I’d think he will continue to be paired with Kiki Struna. At right back we should see A.J. DeLaGarza with Joe Willis in goal.
My Projected Starting Lineup:
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