Dynamo vs. Rapids preview
The Houston Dynamo have made a habit of making history at BBVA Compass Stadium of late, and Sunday offers Dominic Kinnear’s team yet another chance to take their place in American soccer’s record book.
With a win or a draw against the injury-riddled Colorado Rapids, Houston will extend its home-unbeaten streak to 30 consecutive MLS matches, eclipsing the mark set by Real Salt Lake between 2009-11.
The Dynamo enter the weekend a prohibitive favorite against Colorado, who have just eight points through their first eight games while dealing with injuries at seemingly every position. The Rapids list nine players on their injury report, but could receive a boost from the returning Martin Rivero and Pablo Mastroeni – both of whom will travel with the team to Houston.
“The health of their forwards has kind of made them change some things around,” Kinnear said after Friday’s Dynamo training session. “Last week they had three up top with Danny Mwanga, Atiba Harris and Tony Cascio. They do interchange and give you some problems. The main constant for them has been Henry Thomas a Honduran national team player in midfield who is very solid.”
Despite their relative health, Houston will have an absence of their own to overcome. Jermaine Taylor was sent off last week against Toronto, and replaced at the back by Eric Brunner as the Dynamo earned their first road point of 2013. Brunner partnered well with Bobby Boswell at BMO Field – and is expected to do the same come Sunday.
“I know how he plays and he knows how I play,” Brunner said of his partnership with Boswell. “We’ve played once already against Vancouver, so it’s not going to be too much of a challenge. We are just going to have to be on our toes and have a lot of communication.”
Kickoff Sunday is slated for 4 p.m. Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium. The match will be live on CSN Houston, featuring Glenn Davis and Eddie Robinson on the call.