Houston Dynamo host DC United at 20:00pm (UK time) tonight in a crunch MLS game that could decide the fate of the Dynamo’s season.
Their 1-0 win at Toronto FC on Wednesday night kept their playoff hopes alive, and a win against the Eastern Conference’s’ top side will put them four points behind the Columbus Crew, who currently occupy the fifth and final playoff spot.
DC will be looking to seal the top seed in the division, and three points in Houston should see them achieve just that – though it looks set to be a close affair.
They have each won one game against each other this season, with the home side winning to nil on both occasions, and everything would suggest that the home side will edge this once more.
The Dynamo have never lost to DC in Houston, and have won their last eight matches at home to their Eastern Conference rivals in all competitions.
DC are without a win in four away games going into this one, while the Dynamo are in a rich vein of form, having lost just one of their last seven.
Houston will be without Oscar Boniek Garcia who is away with Honduras, but DC will have to cope without goalkeeper Bill Hamid, as he is away with the USMNT.
Houston need to win this one to stay alive in the playoff hunt, while DC can still wrap up the top seed in their remaining games, but this should be an entertaining one because of what is at stake.
Key player: Giles Barnes: The forward can be the difference maker for Houston when they need it most, and he will look to add his tenth goal of the season against DC tonight.
Key stat: Houston have never lost at home to DC United in all competitions.
Prediction: Houston Dynamo 2-0 DC United