Another double game week! That was quick! Well the Houston Dynamo don’t have much time to reflect on their loss this past weekend to Los Angeles FC, but maybe that’s a good thing overall. The Dynamo are on a two game losing streak and really want that to end. We thought things had turned around after a commanding win over the New York Red Bulls due to players returning to the club from international duty. Then we dropped a game on the road to FC Cincinnati and then a home game against a depleted LAFC side. This time they’re up against the reigning MLS Cup champions, Atlanta United FC.
Atlanta has been one of the more impressive home sides in the league, only losing once this season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium so the Dynamo will have to do more than their usual effort on the road if they want a positive result. Part of that will also mean putting out another strong starting lineup, even though it is a short turn around.
Against LAFC, Mauro Manotas and Alberth Elis both struggled to find the back of the net with Elis coming incredibly close on a number of occasions, but it just wasn’t happening for the two. That being said, the two should certainly get the start with the lone goal scorer against LA, Romell Quioto, joining them in the front three.
In the midfield Tomás Martínez struck the woodwork against LAFC and though he went the full 90, he should be expected to start. Should Cabrera do his thing and stash some players on the bench due to the short turnaround, it could be Martínez and then I’d expect Tommy McNamara to start. Behind him Matías Vera and Oscar Boniek García should both get the start. Both players started against LA, but Boniek was subbed off and Vera has proven he can handle a heavy workload. However, we could see Juan David Cabezas get the start for one of them for similar reasons as to why Tommy Mac could start.
Defenders typically recover better on short turnarounds so I wouldn’t expect too many changes. I would guess Adam Lundqvist does get the start at left back, but it’s equally possible DaMarcus Beasley, who was on the bench against LA, could regain his position. In central defense I’d anticipate the pairing of Maynor Figueroa and Kiki Struna. A.J. DeLaGarza should get the start at right back at least until Jose Bizama gets some minutes.
My Projected Starting Lineup:
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