Two streaks will be on the line in Saturday’s March 2, Dynamo home opener against DC United. First, the Dynamo enter this match with a perfect 7-0-1 all-time home record against United. Second the Dynamo boast a 25 game regular season home unbeaten streak.
To keep the streaks alive, the Dynamo will have to hold off a DCU team that has made striking changes to its squad since falling to Houston in the 2012 Eaastern Conference semifinals. Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear knows this will not be an easy task.
"This is tough team we ill be playing," said Kinnear. They have made some big addditions."
Panamanian international Marcus Sanchez, Guatamalan striker Carlos Ruiz (ninth all-time on the MLS scoring sheet) and the addition of veteran defender James Riley have been added to the likes of Chris Pontious and Perry Kitchens giving head coach Ben Olsen’s squad a more dangerous look.
For the Dynamo, the changes were more subtle. Gone are players like Je Vaughn Watson, Macoumba Khandji, Colin Clark and Andre Hainault. In came some explosiveness with the signing of Omar Cummings and Andrew Driver. Add these to the entire return of the starting eleven and it’s not hard to see why the Dynamo are favored to win it all in 2013.
The men in orange hold an all-time 17-4 goal scoring advantage in eight home games against United. Dynamo forward Will Bruin has had great success against the United team including a hat trick in his first fame against DCU on 4/29/2011 in front of the Dynamo faithful.
Although the weather for Saturday night is expected to be chilly by Houston standards, expect the Dynamo to come out hot. Conditions call for clear skies and a temperature of 50 degrees for the 7:00p.m. kick-off with a wind chill of 46 degrees.