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Houston Dynamo, DC United; Three things to watch

Dynamo host DC United tonight.

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Saturday night marks another moment in the Houston Dynamo’s 2019 campaign. Each match has become a moment this season for the Houston Dynamo to prove themselves as viable MLS Cup contenders to their fans and the rest of the league. As the last few seasons have unfolded, the excitement level has risen and fallen, attendance has risen and fallen at games and disappointment has been lurking just below the surface waiting for that last minute letdown. Bearing those thoughts in mind, here are three things to watch for on Saturday night.

Beasley returns

Damarcus Beasley returned to the backline for the first time in 2019. The Houston defender plays like he’s ten years younger and in his heyday. This spells good news for a Dynamo squad that is off to its best start in franchise history without him. His enthusiasm for the game and his commitment to excellence are infectious. Beasley’s return can only mean the good times will continue to roll on Saturday night.

Rooney remains dangerous

Wayne Rooney, one of the most decorated players in soccer lore, is dangerous even at the ripe old age of 33. The former English star arrived from England last season and proved his worth almost instantly. With nearly 50% of his shots this season hitting the back of the net, Rooney is halfway to his 2018 scoring total. One of the most versatile players on the pitch, he will be looking to be the difference maker in this match. Houston can ill afford to take their eye off of him.

Houston must remain hungry

The Houston Dynamo have regained their proclivity for scoring and staying unbeaten at home. Just a few short seasons ago, 2013 to be exact, the Dynamo were invincible on the BBVA turf. Under head coach Wilmer Cabrera, the team has enjoyed a mindset that they must win at home or draw at home. Last season, the Dynamo set the franchise scoring record thanks in large part to goal hound Mauro Manotas. The young Colombian has a nose for the goal. Considering the success that Houston has enjoyed against DCU, one could consider the game is in hand. Watch for a young and hungry Houston squad to exploit the DCU flanks.

The final shot

The Houston Dynamo are in a great position to continue to climb up the MLS ladder. Saturday is another moment for the team to take another step forward pushing the level of disappointment waiting to burst through the surface another step lower. The fans are anxious to back this franchise to the level seen on May 11, 2012 with a 1-0 win over DCU as BBVA opened its doors for the first time. Win on Saturday night and all will be right with the world.