Houston has not won a regular season contest against Colorado in their last nine meetings (0-5-4). The Dynamo’s last road win over Colorado came on October 4, 2008. Tonight’s 8:00p.m. CDT game from Dick’s Sporting Goods Field can be seen on ROOTS Sports Southwest and heard on Yahoo 1560AM
Others may not say it but I will. There is little doubt that the Houston Dynamo find themselves in a must win situation tonight in Colorado if they are going to have a chance at earning a playoff spot in 2015. With nine games left in their regular season, Houston sits three points out of the final playoff spot.
This game is a must win in the simplest of terms. The Dynamo play by all accounts face one the worst teams in Major League Soccer this season. The Rapids are just 3-4-5 at home with a minus four home goal differential. This is the kind of team that playoff teams feast on and if the Houston Dynamo are indeed playoff bound they cannot allow another three points to slip away as they did in Portland or we will hear head coach Owen Coyle saying this again;
“We scored two wonderful goals in the first half………My disappointment is that I certainly feel that both goals are unavoidable.”
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The Houston Dynamo must apply the pressure for 90 minutes plus or they will find themselves in a disappointing funk again. They had Portland on the ropes with 15 minutes to play but could not put away the killer goal and ultimately faded under the Timbers counter pressure. Defensively, the team is hurting from a physical standpoint. In addition to starter Jermaine Taylor being ruled out for the game, Damarcus Beasley, Raul Rodriguez and Kofi Sarkodie are listed as questionable. With that in mind, don’t be surprised if all three are on the field tonight. Houston
Houston forwards and can help their backmates first and foremost by putting the ball in the back of net early and often. If the ball stays in the attacking third of the field, it will be difficult for the Rapids to mount an attack. Colorado has had a problem keeping the ball out of their own net allowing 17 home goals in 12 matches. The Houston Dynamo have the firepower in Will Bruin who just recorded his third ten goal season of his career and then there is Giles Barnes who has shown the knack for scoring on the biggest stages of soccer and last season led Houston in goal scoring.
The key to this match is the midfield as with almost any game and cliche as it is possession is nine tenths of the law. In this case, possession and goals will undoubtedly bode well for a victory. It was good to see Boniek-Garcia back on the pitch in a starters role again. Garcia gives Houston another ball handler and attacking force on the flanks allowing Ricardo Clark and Luis Garrido to concentrate more on helping the backline. Brad Davis with a goal and three assists in his last five games, leads just like you expect from the captain; from the front.
Houston’s enigma of a season has a chance to right itself. History is on the side of the Houston Dynamo when it comes to the final weeks of the season. Having missed the playoffs just twice in its history, the team is has scored nearly at will over the last three years when it comes to the final ten games of so. From 2012 – 2014, the tame scored 45 goals in 31 games being unbeaten in 20 of those matches. In two of those season, Houston made the playoffs.