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Houston Dynamo looking for a giant leap in Seattle

Houston celebrating a home win, looks for a road win in Seattle this week.
Houston celebrating a home win, looks for a road win in Seattle this week.
Lou Roesch

With Houston's win over DC United last Sunday evening, the team took one small step towards the 2014 playoffs. A win this Sunday night and the will have taken one giant leap towards the playoffs. By the time, the Houston Dynamo (6-11-4) take the pitch at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington Sunday evening all other MLS matches will be complete and the team will have a good picture of how much this game means to their playoff chances. Riding the momentum of last week’s stoppage time goal from Will Bruin and the arrivals of DaMarcus Beasley and Luis Garriod, Houston comes in expecting a positive result something that might not have been seriously considered just three weeks ago.
Houston will not only contend with the likes of Texan native Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins but an estimated nationally televised (9:30 p.m. CDT ESPN 2) crowd of 40,000 plus roaring fans for a Seattle Sounders (12-6-2)) team that sits in first place in the Western Conference.
Dynamo captain Brad Davis shared his formula championship success with the assembled media at Houston Sports Park earlier this week.
“If you want to win MLS Cup you’re going to have to play in difficult spots. If you want to be a championship team you’re going to have to beat all the good teams,” said Davis. “You’re going to have to play the good teams, you’re going to have to play away from home and we’ve got to be able to figure out that part of the puzzle as a group.”
The Dynamo have been in tough spots before and have always pulled through with gritty, tough playoff runs. Until the impressive debuts of Beasley and Garrido against DC United, questions were beginning to arise of whether this team was up to the challenge. With a win, Houston could jump to within a point of sixth place New England and two points out of the final playoff berth with twelve games to play. Come late Sunday night, Dynamo fans will know if their club is a pretender or a real contender.