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Cincinnati comes to town: 3 things to watch

A suddenly surging opponent, a familiar face, and dealing with absences. Here are three things to watch tonight against FC Cincinnati.

Syndication: Cincinnati Madeleine Hordinski/The Enquirer via Imagn Content Services, LLC

The Dynamo return home tonight after a draw in Sandy, Utah last weekend. Tonight’s return home sees a suddenly surging FC Cincinnati as the opposition. The Dynamo and FCCwill air locally on QuestTexas channel 55 at 7:30 PM CT.

Surging Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati has been a bit of a disaster since they joined Major League Soccer in 2019. They did beat the Dynamo 3-2 in the team’s only meeting so far, but to this point the club has gone through a number of coaches and players failing to find that winning formula. That may be changing this season under former Netherlands international Jaap Stam. Their season started slow, posting a 1-3-1 record in the first five games of the campaign, but Cincinnati have won three of their last five games and enter Saturday’s game with two consecutive victories on the road. What may have looked like an easy three points when the schedule came out will now be a challenge that the Dynamo can’t take lightly.

Cameron returns

MLS: New England Revolution at FC Cincinnati Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Former Dynamo Geoff Cameron will return to Houston tonight after leaving for England nearly a decade ago. Cameron signed with Stoke City in the summer of 2012 after 5 seasons in Houston. The defender, who was most recently with Queens Park Rangers before coming back to MLS, represented Houston at the 2009 and 2011 MLS All-Star Game and was named to the 2009 MLS Best XI.

Gold Cup call-ups

It’s always cool to see players from your club called up to their national teams and Dynamo fans can feel proud of having 5 of their own chosen to represent their countries at the upcoming Gold Cup. Midfielder Darwin Ceren (El Salvador) and forward Ari Lassiter (Costa Rica) reported to their national teams earlier this week and will miss Saturday’s game. Maynor Figueroa (Honduras), Boniek Garcia (Honduras) and Tyler Pasher (Canada) will be available Saturday before heading off to their national teams for the start of the tournament on July 10. The Dynamo could face up to five games without the quintet competing in the Gold Cup. With Ceren and Boniek gone the midfield trio of Derrick Jones, Matias Vera, and Joe Corona will see a lot of minutes. Other players like Mateo Bajamich and Sam Junqua will be called on to step up and produce. These next few weeks will be big for MLS teams navigating the CONCACAF tournament, including the Dynamo.