After nearly two weeks off, the Dynamo are back on the field tonight against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Vancouver is still playing their home games in Sandy, Utah at Real Salt Lake’s Rio Tinto Stadium because of restrictions in Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tonight’s game will air locally on QuestTexas channel 55 with pre-game coverage beginning at 8:30 PM CT.
Is tonight the night? New Designated Player Teenage Hadebe will be available tonight and will be looking to make his Dynamo and MLS debut. Hadebe last played on May 15 when his former club Yeni Malatyaspor finished the Turkish season against Galatasaray. With Maynor Figueroa at the Gold Cup, someone will need to partner Tim Parker in central defense. We will have to see if Tab Ramos continues to play Sam Junqua there or if this is the match he tries out his newest DP. Defender Griffin Dorsey will also be available for this match after signing with the Dynamo recently. Dorsey played for Ramos with the U20 US National Team and his familiarity could lead Ramos to trust him going straight into a match after being with the team a short time.
Houston will look for their second win this year against Vancouver, having won at BBVA Stadium on May 22 behind goals from Maxi Urruti and Memo Rodriguez. That match was also the last time the Dynamo won in MLS play, with their winless streak currently at 6 games. Vancouver is coming off a win on Saturday over the LA Galaxy and will look to make it two wins in a row in their adopted temporary home Rio Tinto Stadium.
Tonight’s match in Utah will be the second of three consecutive road games for the Dynamo and the first of two this week. After this evening’s game, the boys will head to Northern California for a match up with the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday. Houston has yet to win on the road this season but did pick up a point in their last visit to Utah, drawing 1-1 against Real Salt Lake on June 26.