Houston Dynamo 2 head coach Kevon Bundy has his team playing well at the most important time of the year. The Dynamo Dos look to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games as they host SKC 2 on Sunday night.
"The message starting this week was every game we played now is a playoff game," said Bundy ahead of Sunday's game. "I want the mentality to start right now. We put ourselves in a position where we're fighting for the top four spots. Now it's about each game throughout every week, but focusing only on that game. I don't think we as a staff or the players have looked ahead at all this year, but I think the emphasis from this point on is every game needs to be treated like a playoff game, like a one-off game."
It's been more than a month since Houston has been on the short end of the stick at the final whistle. Only six games remain for the Dos, including the Sunday night match. They currently sit fourth overall in the MLS NextPro table. SKC II sits fourteenth and is in spoiler mode in the inaugural season. The Swope Park Rangers have loss three consecutive matches all by shutout and have scored just twoce in their last four games.
Houston is unbeaten at AVEVA Stadium. The Dynamo 2 can ill afford to look beyond SKC II as five teams including in-state rival North Texas SC are within six points of Houston.
"I think the most important thing for us as a staff to project to the players is that every single game from now to the end of the season is a playoff game," continued Bundy. "It’s a three-point game. I don't care if we're home. I don't care if we're away. You know, we need to go in doing everything we can to get those three points. This all builds into that final push, and, you know, honestly, our focus right now is on Sporting Kansas City on Sunday."
SKC II is the only team to beat Houston in Houston albeit at PNC Stadium. The game was part of a doubleheader on June 11, 2022. The only goal of the match coming on a penalty kick conversion in the 13th minute.
Kick-off for Sunday's match is set for 7:00pm CT.