Dynamo Weekly: Previewing match vs. Fire
With MLS history again on the line at BBVA Compass Stadium, the Houston Dynamo welcome the Chicago Fire to town Sunday for a playoff rematch from a season ago.
On Halloween last year, the Dynamo rode a pair of Will Bruin goals to a 2-0 victory at Toyota Park – eliminating the Fire in front of their home fans. Sunday, Chicago can earn some measure of revenge by snapping Houston’s record-tying 34 match unbeaten streak in the Bayou City.
“They’ve got some real quality players,” Dynamo defender Kofi Sarkodie said when asked about Sunday’s opponent. “Patrick Nyarko is probably the one that sticks out the most. He’s a real talented guy on the wings that takes guys on and does really well for their team. So he’s a guy we really have to pay attention to.”
Nyarko has been recovering from a pulled hamstring, but is expected to be available for selection against Houston.
For the Dynamo, Sunday offers an opportunity to keep multiple streaks alive. Houston hasn’t lost consecutive MLS matches since May 9, 2012 – and look to avoid that fate after a disappointing outing in Portland last week.
“We know that we are a better team than that and we want to prove and show that we are,” said midfielder Ricardo Clark. “Everybody wants to win and has a good mentality and that puts us in a good position to bounce back when we lose.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 4p.m. Sunday and the game can be seen locally on Univision’s UniMas network. The contest will re-air (English broadcast) on Comcast SportsNet.