Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United
The Dynamo hope to get back on track this week when they face expansion club Minnesota United FC at BBVA Compass Stadium. Houston has scored nine goals in three home games, and Minnesota has conceded 14 goals in four road games. In other words, this game could be high-scoring.
Here are the lineups for both teams:
Dynamo Starting XI (4-3-3)
GK: Joe Willis; D: Boniek Garcia, Adolfo Machado, Jalil Anibaba, DaMarcus Beasley; MF: Eric Alexander, Ricardo Clark, Alex; F: Alberth Elis, Erick Torres, Mauro Manotas
Bench: Tyler Deric, Romell Quioto, Kevin Garcia, Joe Holland, Andrew Wenger, Vicente Sanchez, Juan David Cabezas
Minnesota Starting XI (4-4-2)
GK: Bobby Shuttleworth; D: Jerome Thiesson, Francisco Calvo, Marc Burch, Brent Kallman; MF: Kevin Molino, Sam Cronin, Rasmus Schuller, Collen Warner; F: Christian Ramirez, Johan Venegas
Bench: John Alvbage, Justin Davis, Jermaine Taylor, Ibson, Abu Danladi, Miguel Ibarra, Bashkim Kadrii
– The Dynamo are using their sixth starting lineup in as many games this season.
– Romell Quioto is in the 18 after missing two games with a shoulder injury. He has scored one goal in all three games he has played.
– Joe Willis is starting for the first time this season.
– A win would give the Dynamo their third four-game home winning streak since moving to BBVA Compass Stadium in 2012.
– The Dynamo are 5-7-5 all-time against expansion teams. Counting only the first meeting against each expansion team, the Dynamo are 2-6-1.
– Houston has scored two first-half goals in all three home games.
– Minnesota’s Collen Warner played for the Dynamo last season. The Loons picked Warner in the expansion draft. Minnesota defender Jermaine Taylor also is a former Dynamo player.
The Dynamo are hosting the Loons for the first time ever. The new club has struggled this season not getting their first win until the fifth game of the season. Last week they suffered a 2-0 defeat to that team from Oklahoma. You can check out our full preview of the game here.
he Houston Dynamo and MLS scoring leader Erick “El Cubo” Torres put their perfect home record (3-0-0) on the line Saturday night against a Minnesota United FC expansion side that has already made significant improvements in the opening seven weeks of their first MLS season.
Both clubs are coming off 2-0 losses, but while Minnesota can take heart from a resilient road display against one of the league’s elite clubs in FC Dallas – MNUFC boss Adrian Heath claimed that “if that game on Saturday would have come in another 3 or 4 weeks, then we could have gone on and won the game” – Houston struggled to create meaningful attacks from possession and appeared disjointed with its transition defending against the New England Revolution.
La Naranja are hoping to see their attacking trident get back together this weekend after Romell Quioto missed the last two matches with a shoulder injury. Together with Honduran compatriot Alberth Elis and Torres, they have led the Dynamo to the third best scoring record in the league (11), proving most effective on quick counterattacks.
But the Dynamo back line is where the issues were in Week 6 with the absence of right back AJ DeLaGarza wreaking havoc with the team’s shape as midfielder Oscar Boniek Garcia filled in.