Who doesn’t love some mid-week soccer? And a mid-week game on the west coast that doesn’t start crazy late? We’ll take it! The Dynamo visit Lumen Field tonight for a match up with the Seattle Sounders. Tonight’s game will air locally on QuestTexas channel 55 with pre-game coverage beginning at 7:30 PM CT.
Winless in Seattle
Since the Seattle Sounders joined Major League Soccer in 2009, the Dynamo have never won in Seattle. Granted, Seattle with their army of fans, is a very tough place for anyone to play and the Sounders have been a playoff team every year of their existence, but not a single win is still an alarming stat. Over that time the Dynamo have lost 7 times (and one more in the 2017 Western Conference Final) and drawn just twice. If the Dynamo are ever going to win in Seattle this might be the time. Even though Houston is missing a number of players, Seattle is as well (as we spoke about with Mark from Sounder At Heart) due to international tournaments and injuries. It is a mid-week game on short rest, against an undefeated team, but this could be a big chance for the Dynamo to finally leave the Emerald City with 3 points.
Some Out, Some In
As I mentioned above, the Dynamo will be without some key players tonight, and in the coming weeks because of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Tyler Pasher (Canada), Ariel Lassiter (Costa Rica), Darwin Ceren (El Salvador), Maynor Figueroa (Honduras), and Boniek Garcia (Honduras) are all out with their national teams. The good news? Matias Vera is back after serving a one-game suspension and new designated player Teenage Hadebe will be available, although head coach Tab Ramos said he will not start but could come off the bench. Griffin Dorsey, previously at Toronto FC, was signed this week and could feature for Houston tonight if his ITC comes through in time. Mateo Bajamich could also see a lot of minutes over the next month with Pasher and Lassiter gone and Christian Ramirez now in Scotland. And what’s that? Darwin Quintero? Fingers crossed.
Win, Lose, or Draw Draw Draw Draw
The Dynamo have not won a game since May. The Dynamo have not a lost a game since May. Houston is currently in the midst of four straight draws, some more satisfying than others. A point per game isn’t going to get you in the playoffs and the Dynamo are going to need to find their winning ways again before they slide out of the 7th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference that they currently occupy. As I said earlier, tonight could be a chance to grab three points but on the road, in Seattle, you would be happy to take a point from that. Let’s put five on it.