Competition: Major League Soccer – Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Wednesday, August 26 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)
Match Odds: Colorado Rapids 1/1 – Draw 23/10 – Houston Dynamo 5/2
Pablo Mastroeni’s side are still stuck at the foot of the Western Conference and will see this as a chance to close the gap on the sides above them. Five points separate the two teams ahead of the game and with time running out in the regular season, getting three points has become more crucial than ever.
The Rapids come into this one off the back of a good 1-0 win against Chicago Fire last weekend, which ended their three-game losing streak. Mastroeni will be eager for his side to put together a run of positive results and back-to-back wins would be a great lift for them.
The previous regular season meeting between the sides ended as a 0-0 draw and this could be a very similar tie in terms of how closely matched the two are.
Houston Dynamo are sitting eighth in the Western Conference and will want to push on for a playoff spot with nine games to play.
Owen Coyle’s side come into this one off the back of a 2-2 draw against Portland Timbers. He will be frustrated with that result, given that Dynamo threw away their two-goal lead away from home.
Houston’s inconsistency and poor away form suggests this one could be a real test for them as taking all three points will prove difficult.
This is a great chance for Dynamo to go on a solid run of form, as they have back-to-back home games following this fixture and still have a chance of getting that vital top six spot.
Colorado Rapids have four injury concerns. Luis Solignac is out, while Lucas Pittinari, James Riley and Joseph Greenspan are all doubts. Sam Cronin is suspended and Rapids have Jared Watts, Axel Sjoberg and Bobby Burling all one booking away from suspension.
Houston Dynamo could be without up to five for this one. Jermaine Taylor remains out, while Ricardo Clark, DaMarcus Beasley and Raul Rodriguez are doubts. Giles Barnes is questionable but could start. Kofi Sarkodie and Sheanon Williams are both one booking away from suspension.
Colorado Rapids’ last five: W/L/L/L/W
Houston Dynamo’s last five: W/D/W/L/D
Key Stat: Houston Dynamo have won just twice in 13 regular season games on the road this season.
Key Player: Will Bruin – The Dynamo forward netted his tenth goal of the season in the 2-2 draw with Portland Timbers and will be looking to cause trouble for the struggling Rapids.
Colorado Rapids 1-1 Houston Dynamo – A cagey, tight tie between two sides who desperately want to move up the Western Conference.