Teams: Houston Dynamo v Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Kick-off: 06:30 AM, BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston, Texas
Where to Watch: Catch live action on DSport, this Saturday
Last Game Played: Jul 24, 2016; HOU 0 – 0 VAN
Season Goal leaders: Houston Dynamo- Erick Torres (7 goals), Vancouver Whitecaps FC- Fredy Montero (4 goals)
This Saturday, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will visit the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. The match kicks off at 06:30am and will be televised live on DSport.
Houston Dynamo will look to continue their domination at home, as they’re 5-0-1 compared to a 0-3-0 record on the road this season. While, Vancouver have won consecutive road games over the past two weeks, beating the Montreal Impact 2-1 and following it up with a 1-0 win at the Colorado Rapids last weekend.
The Dynamo have been paced by their outstanding core of strikers, who have combined for 18 of the team’s 19 goals, which are tied for the second most in MLS. Erick Torres taking the lead with seven goals, assists and Alberth Elis has 23 shot attempts.
Speculations are high for Alex, as this 28-year-old Brazilian midfielder has displayed unique skills in this season. His ability to pick out the Dynamo forwards either in transition or allowing them to run on to a long ball from the defensive third has been an essential part of the team this year. These abilities, plus the work he does on the defensive end, should make an interesting night for Vancouver’s three-man central midfield.
Seeing the past records, Dynamo has scored at least two goals in all six of its home matches in this MLS season and hasn’t lost a home game since its October match against the LA Galaxy.
Vancouver has had success against Houston and is 2-1-2 in the last five matches overall. The last meeting that took place in July resulted in a 0-0 draw. Vancouver is really confident going for this match given that is fresh off two road victories, but Houston Dynamo has been the second best home team in the MLS this season behind Orlando.
Vancouver coincides with a more defensive approach from Robinson, who’s been playing Matias Laba, Tony Tchani and Andrew Jacobson in central midfield. They have conceded just four goals in their last four games and their expected goals against value of 9.44 is good for the fifth-best mark in MLS, according to data provided by Opta. The trio of Cristian Techera, Christian Bolaños, and Fredy Montero have provided enough offensively, along with some key contributions from the bench.
- Suspended: NONE
- Int’l Duty: NONE
- Injury Report: OUT – D George Malki (torn ACL), M Eric Alexander (right knee sprain); PROBABLE – D Agus (left hamstring), F Erick Torres (concussion)
Projected Starting XI (4-3-3): Joe Willis – AJ DeLaGarza, Adolfo Machado, Leonardo, DaMarcus Beasley – Juan Cabezas, Ricardo Clark, Alex – Alberth Elis, Mauro Manotas, Romell Quioto
Notes: Mauro Manotas scored two goals and had an assist against Orlando City last weekend, becoming just the second Dynamo player to score at least two goals and notch an assist in the same game since the start of the 2010 season. Romell Quioto also scored and assisted last weekend, marking only the third time two Houston players have scored and assisted in the same regular season game since 2010 (243 regular season games).
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- Suspended: NONE
- Int’l Duty: NONE
- Injury Report: OUT – D Brett Levis (ACL tear), M Yordy Reyna (foot surgery), D David Edgar (PCL, MCL tear), F Erik Hurtado (foot contusion), M Marco Bustos (left hamstring strain), D Christian Dean (foot injury), D Cole Seiler (left hamstring strain), F Kyle Greig (right quad injury)
Projected Starting XI (4-1-4-1): GK: David Ousted — Sheanon Williams, Kendall Waston, Tim Parker, Jordan Harvey — Matias Laba — Cristian Techera, Andrew Jacobson, Tony Tchani, Christian Bolaños — Fredy Montero
Notes: Vancouver has won consecutive road games entering this weekend. The last time they won at least two road games in a row in MLS action was a three-game streak from June 6 to June 27, 2015 (28 away games ago). This is just the fifth instance in franchise history of the Whitecaps having any kind of road winning streak in MLS. (They’ve won three away games in a row once).
- Overall: Houston 3 wins (10 goals), Vancouver 5 wins (13 goals), 1 draw
- At Houston: Houston 3 wins (7 goals), Vancouver 0 wins (2 goals), 1 draw