Houston Dynamo travel to Colorado Rapids in desperate need of wins: What to watch for

Houston Dynamo travel to Colorado Rapids in desperate need of wins: What to watch for

The Houston Dynamo are in desperate need of wins as they travel to the Rocky Mountains to tackle the Colorado Rapids. The Dynamo have misplaced 4 matches in a row after falling to CF Montreal final weekend 2-1. Colorado is coming off a midweek loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday by a rating of 2-1. The Dynamo and Rapids drew 1-1 again on March 19 at PNC Stadium.

Back to fundamentals

Depending in your expectations coming into this Dynamo season, this 12 months has gone a quantity of methods. For the gamers, 25 factors from 25 matches is a disappointment. So, how do they rebound? Back to fundamentals mentioned defender Adam Lundkvist. “As a workforce, we’re going again to the fundamentals,” the Dynamo left again instructed the media this week. “We form of misplaced our approach just a little bit in the final couple of video games. We have not had the outcomes that we wished and we have not carried out on the degree we wish. This week has been going again to the place we began the season and reevaluating ourselves and making an attempt to get higher transferring ahead. We have 9 video games left. so we wished to take all these 9 video games, one recreation at a time. It’s all about regrouping, getting again to the fundamentals and getting again to the place we began this season. The final couple of video games have not been nice. We need to enhance on that and get higher outcomes in order to make this final push and check out to get into the playoffs – as a result of it is in our palms. We have to concentrate on ourselves and simply get again to fundamentals.”

Where’s the protection?

Houston has allowed a number of targets in every of the losses throughout their four-game shedding streak, together with three at house final weekend to Montreal. Injuries have been a difficulty, Teenage Hadebe might miss out this week, however the workforce is just conceding too many possibilities and targets to the opposition. Who are the 4 greatest gamers on the again line? The reality we’re nonetheless asking that query at this level in the season is an effective indication of why the workforce is struggling defensively.

Playing at altitude

Playing on the street in Major League Soccer is rarely simple, particularly for the Dynamo, however enjoying in Colorado brings one other problem. Playing at altitude with simply a short while to modify your physique to it, is hard on gamers. With all that being mentioned, Houston has to dig deep and discover a approach. As head coach Paulo Nagamura mentioned this week, it is about them. “We’ve been in lots of totally different troublesome locations, and do not get me fallacious – Denver is one other one, however I believe heading to this recreation on Saturday it’s about us,’ Nagamura mentioned this week. ‘It’s about us going again to being a workforce that’s tougher to play towards, about us being extra hungry to go and assault and end your assaults. It’s about us controlling the center of the sector and having the ball. Good in transition, good moments, good reactions, good on set items. With all due respect to Colorado, and I believe Robin (Fraser) has been doing an excellent job with that workforce, at this second it’s far more about us than about Colorado. I believe that is the mentality heading into Saturday and that is what our method needs to be.”

Availability Report

Houston Dynamo – Questionable: Teenage Hadebe (left leg), Thor Ulfarsson (stomach)

Colorado Rapids – Out: Braian Galvan (proper knee), Aboubacar Keita (proper knee), Oliver Larraz (proper leg), Jack Price (higher physique), Dantouma Torue (proper knee)

Predicted Lineup

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