The Houston Dynamo FC restart their 2022 MLS season on the road on Saturday night against the Orlando SC. The game also marks the beginning of the countdown till the arrival of Hector Herrera. How will this game match up between the two clubs?
This preview is going to have a good news bad news theme to it.
Let's take a look.
The good news to this match begins with Houston being unbeaten against Orlando in the previous four meetings. The bad news is Houston has been held goalless in the last two trips to Florida.
The good news is that Orlando has already lost four times at home this year. The bad news Houston has lost four times on the road this season including their last outing a 3-0 drubbing at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City. Since 2018 El Naranja has only seven wins in 67 road trips.
The good news is that Orlando has surrendered eight goals in its last five performances. The bad news is that three of the Dynamo's last six goals scored over the last five games came in one match.
The good news is that Houston has allowed just six goals in their last five games. The bad news is five of those six have come in the last two tries.
The good news is that Orlando has allowed their opponent at least one goal or more in four straight matches. The bad news is Houston has a problem scoring having been shutout in two of their last five outings. They have just 8 goals inn their last eight games.
The good news is Houston has clean sheets twice in their last five games. The bad news Orlando has at least one goal in four straight matches.
The good news is Orlando has allowed multiple goals seven times this season including four times at home. The most recent a 3-1 loss to FC Dallas. The bad news Houston has allowed multiple goals six times this season including their last two games.
The good news is Orlando has allowed six goals in its last five games after the hour mark including two in second half stoppage time. The bad news Houston has scored just one goal after the hour mark in its last five games.
We could go on but you probably get the picture. These teams are about as evenly matched on paper in strengths versus weaknesses. What one does well, the other doesn't. So who wins on Saturday comes down to something as simple as who makes the last mistake.