The busy week for the Dynamo continues as they head to Commerce City, Colorado to play the Colorado Rapids tonight. This is the third match in eight days for Houston, so it will be interesting if this game sees a shake-up in the lineup. Tonight’s match is available on QuestTexas channel 55 in Houston and on ESPN+ outside the local market. Here are three things to watch.
Dynamo head coach Tab Ramos is suspended for tonight’s match after receiving a red card from referee Chris Penso near the end of Wednesday night’s win over Sporting Kansas City. Ramos did say he would travel to Colorado for the game. “Yeah, I am not sure of the situation, how it works. We got here to do video at 7 a.m. today. So, it was really just get home last night, go to bed and come here. I haven’t really spoken to anyone. I assume that I will travel and being in a box somewhere, or in the stands, somewhere and Omid (Namazi) will take the team.” Namazi has loads of experience in his long coaching career, notably coaching at the national team level for both the United States and Iran. The Dynamo will be in very capable hands tonight as their manager watches from the stands.
Darwin Quintero spoke to Jorge Clara for Deporte Total USA and voiced his displeasure with not being in the lineup and not getting playing time. “It hurts me that they took me out of the starting lineup,” Quintero told Clara. Quintero went on to talk about how he feels left out, and basically how Tab Ramos told him that he doesn’t really fit the system and he doesn’t feel wanted or appreciated. The Colombian says that if he is not playing either as a starter or as sub, in the next transfer window he and the club will have to “sit down and talk about the possibilities of moving on.” Quintero brings a playmaking ability that no one else on the roster possesses but it looks like he doesn’t fit the manager’s plans. It will definitely be worth watching to see how this all plays out.
Derrick Jones settling in
If Derrick Jones gets in the lineup again, look for the midfielder to be all over the field tonight.
Jones, who was acquired this offseason, set up the winning goal on Wednesday night and his impact was felt in all facets of the game. The midfielder finished with a game-high five tackles and was tied with midfielder Joe Corona for the most possession gained with eight recoveries. Jones “stirs the drink” for the Dynamo and at just 24 years old, his continued growth and development will be huge in determining how well the Dynamo do this year and in coming years.