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Time is now for Dynamo: 3 things to watch

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The Dynamo play 5 of their next 6 games at home and need to end their current 11 game winless streak if they hope to make a push for the playoffs.

MLS: Houston Dynamo at Colorado Rapids Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Dynamo are now in the midst of a club record 11 games unbeaten after last weekend’s loss at Minnesota United. Houston has a chance to get back to winning ways tonight at BBVA Stadium with the Colorado Rapids coming to town. Colorado is currently 4th in the Western Conference standings. Tonight’s game will air locally on QuestTexas channel 55 with pre-game coverage beginning at 7:00 PM CT.

Here Comes the Cavalry

Dynamo attackers Maxi Urruti, Darwin Quintero, and Ari Lassiter all returned to training this week and should be available for selection tonight. The trio missed the last three games due to being in the league’s health and safety protocol. Urruti leads the team this season with 6 goals and Lassiter has not played with the Dynamo since June 26, spending time with Costa Rica at the Gold Cup. Darwin is, shrug emoji, in so many ways. Who really knows how much he will play and what he will bring to the team anymore.

Coco in the XI

MLS: Houston Dynamo at Minnesota United FC Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Panamanian midfielder Adalberto Carrasquilla made his Major League Soccer debut in Minnesota, coming on in the second half.. The 22 year-old finished with one key pass, one interception and two recoveries in his 25-minute shift. Tab Ramos should look to mix things up with the lineup, 11 games unbeaten should trigger that, and Carrasquilla gives the team a dynamic that no one else on the roster brings. If Carrasquilla is in the starting lineup, and Urruti and Lassiter are back, look for a revamped attack, even if Tyler Pasher is still unable to go because of injury.

Home Sweet Home

If the Dynamo are going to have any chance of making the playoffs in 2021, this week needs to be the start of their turnaround. Five of Houston’s next six games will be played at BBVA Stadium. The Dynamo have earned just seven points in their 11 match winless run and are currently five points out of a playoff spot. The Dynamo are unbeaten at home this season, and have historically played well at their home ground. It won’t be easy but, ideally the Dynamo come out of this six game stretch with at least 12 points. If that happens, Houston could find itself right back in a playoff race as we approach the fall portion of the schedule.