Match Preview: Houston Dynamo v Nashville SC

May 14, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Dynamo midfielder Adalberto Carrasquilla (20) in action
May 14, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Dynamo midfielder Adalberto Carrasquilla (20) in action / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Dynamo are on the road looking to make a statement for their future and send a message to their fanbase. The Dynamo are playing for pride and a team roster spot not mention getting out of the Western Conference cellar. Nashville is frmly in the playoffs one more time. Here is how this game could shake out in Nashville.

Houston won back on May 15th at PNC Stadium in a match that looked like it was going to propel Houston to a successful season. The 2-0 home win featured the Dynamo playing a man down for more than an hour and yet winning. It failed to jumpstart Houston's season. This one will be the difference between being offered a chance to play in 2022 or look for greener pastures if you are a Dynamo player. Many will be playing for pride and a possible return.

Nashville is firmly entrenched in fourth in the Western Conference are unbeaten in their last six while Houston has won just twice in their last five. With a plus nine goal differential over their last five outings, it appears that Houston will have a tough time in this one since they have scored seven and allowed seven over their last five games. Houston has scored one goal or less in seven of nine matches since the end of July. Nashville is 12W 8D 1L when allowing a goal or less in 2022 have allowed a total of three goals in their last six games.

Finally, for Houston to win this match they must tighten up their defense. Giving up 7 goals in their last five games and facing Hany Mukhtar who has had a goal or assist in 10 straight home matches. It's been more than 20 years since the last time that happened. The Dynamo have also been whistled for three penalties in their last two games which is more less handing a goal to the opposition.

Houston probably isn't getting the win but the argument for Kenny Bundy to the the next head coach could get a little louder.