The BBVA Compass Stadium will play host to the New England Revolution on Thursday night, as the Houston Dynamo will look to restore some pride after missing out on a playoff berth.
The Revolution are in second place in the Eastern Conference, tied with Sporting Kansas City on points, and will be looking to put some distance between themselves, SKC and the New York Red Bulls as they look to put pressure on DC United, who are six points better off with just two games to go.
New England come into the game having only lost one of their last ten in MLS. Whereas, Houston were on the wrong end of a 3-1 result as they lost at home to DC United for the first time, ending their playoff hopes for 2014.
The Dynamo will be looking for a performance for the fans more than anything, knowing this will be the last home game this season, and so we’re hoping to see a fine show of character from Houston on Thursday night.
They will have to contain one of Major League Soccer’s newest stars and USMNT World Cup sensation, Jermaine Jones, though, though he is set to play in both the USA game on Tuesday as well as this clash on Thursday night, and may be fatigued with two games in such a short space of time.
Houston opened the season at home to the Revs, winning 4-0 on that occasion, and they would love to finish in similar style despite the disappointment at missing out on a place in the playoffs.
Key Player: Lee Nguyen – Nguyen is the Rev’s top scorer with 15 and that’s from midfield! Expect him to have a huge impact once more on the result on Thursday.
Key Stat: Houston has eleven wins this season and eight of them have come at home. Could their last home game be number 9?
Houston’s last five: D/W/L/W/L
New England’s last five: W/L/W/W/D
Prediction: Houston Dynamo 0 – 2 New England Revolution