Jun 6, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Sporting KC defender Ike Opara (3) and Houston Dynamo defender Kofi Sarkodie (8) battle for the ball during the second half at BBVA Compass Stadium. Sporting KC defeated the Dynamo 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Gasping for Air: Houston Dynamo at Sporting Kansas City

Any realistic shot that the Houston Dynamo had at qualifying for the playoffs was lost when they lost against the Crew. If Houston had won, we would be in the middle of the playoff hunt. However, that didn’t turn out to be the case.

That’s not to say that Houston has been eliminated from contention yet, and as we previously stated,  the Dynamo can still qualify if they get 20 points out of the final 10 games. That would mean getting almost as many points from 10 games than the Dynamo have gotten from 24. However, an improbable run is quickly becoming impossible.

The Dynamo now head to the Blue Hell. The same place that saw our season end last year, and has been a frequent stop for us during the post season. In Kansas City, Houston must not only get a victory but do it against a team that’s 3 points from the Supporter’s Shield leader.

Match Information

Date: August 29, 2014

Time: 7:00 PM CT

Location: Sporting Park (Blue Hell)

Television: NBC Sports

The Teams

Sporting Kansas City (12-7-6) 42 pts 2nd in East, 5th Overall

Kansas City has not been as dominant at home against Houston as they would like. Kansas City currently holds a 4-4-4 record against Houston when at home which means the teams have split points down the middle in Kansas City.

However, it could be stated that there hasn’t been a game between these two teams with such a clear favorite in the past. Houston is visiting Kansas City while in the middle of their worst season to date. Kansas City is having yet another marvelous season and are the current MLS Cup champions.

Sporting has a great opportunity to get even closer to winning the Supporter’s Shield this Friday by tearing apart Houston’s back-line. Dom Dwyer is the perfect player to accomplish that.

While Houston struggles to get on the score sheet, Dwyer is almost scoring at will. He currently has 16 goals and seems to almost be unstoppable. Dom will get the perfect opportunity to add to his tally by slicing and dicing through Houston’s two center-backs.

Even though Sporting is coming off a 3-0 defeat against D.C. United, they have the comfort in knowing that they were beaten by the only other Eastern Conference team capable of punching their weight.

This defeat is almost a non factor when it comes to the game against Houston. The Dynamo are no D.C. United this season, and will probably only be a morale booster for yet another Sporting Kansas City run deep into the playoffs.

Even if Kansas City has a bad day and is incapable of going through the Dynamo’s defense, they’ll be happy to know that the Dynamo currently have no forwards capable getting past Matt Besler and Aurelien Collin.

Houston Dynamo (7-13-4) 25 pts, 9th in East, 16th Overall 

This season has been a lost cause since before the World Cup break.

Just as soon as Houston started building up some sort of momentum and getting everybody’s hopes up that we still had a shot a the playoffs, they proved to us yet again why this season has been a lost cause since even before the World Cup break.

The Houston Dynamo are not only a couple of players away from being MLS Cup contenders, they’re a few players away from even qualifying for the playoffs. The Houston signing of DaMarcus Beasley was not only too little too late, but also the wrong move at the worst possible time.

It was almost the equivalent of putting a band-aid on an amputated arm.  It may prevent a drop or two of blood from coming out, but in the end it accomplishes nothing. I digress, however, as there will be a scathing post on this a couple of days from now.

The Dynamo’s loss to Columbus made multiple points even more clear. Houston needs a couple of strikers, some defenders, and some more midfield options off the bench. I’m afraid that the Dynamo will somehow edge out a victory against Kansas City, and thus feel that they’re capable of a miraculous run that involves winning out at home and another win one the road.

If that happens, the Dynamo will be ignoring what they should start doing at this very moment. That is giving every player on the roster some time to evaluate who should be cut. If the Houston Dynamo want to be contenders next year then the rebuilding process needs to start tomorrow in Kansas City.

Prediction

Houston Dynamo earns a draw, and ignores the fact that this season has been over since June.

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Injury Report

Sporting Kansas City: Ike Opara (out), Chance Myers (out), Eric Kronberg (out), Jacob Peterson (out), Andy Gruenebaum  (probable), Paulo Nagamura (probable)

Houston Dynamo: Tony Cascio (out), Mark Sherrod (out), DaMarcus Beasly (questionable)

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