Competition: Major League Soccer – Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium – Sunday, October 18 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST)
Match Odds: Houston Dynamo 6/4 – Draw 12/5 – Seattle Sounders 17/10
Houston are all but out of finishing in the top six now and it has been a season that could have offered so much more. Dynamo fans need to remember that manager Owen Coyle said it would be a transitional season when he took over earlier this year and he will be hoping his philosophies will be engrained by the time the 2016 season starts.
They come into this one off the back of a 4-1 thumping away against FC Dallas, but they have been in solid home form of late.
This is Houston’s last home game of the regular season, they lost the reverse fixture 1-0 and will want to frustrate their opponents in this tie.Embed from Getty Images
Seattle Sounders have a lot riding on this fixture. They sit 5th in the Western Conference on 47 points and cannot afford to drop any points in their remaining two fixtures to ensure they don’t miss out on a playoff spot.
They come into the game off the back of the 1-1 home draw with LA Galaxy. There is no reason for Sounders to panic, as their fate is in their own hands.
Seattle are unbeaten in their last three away games and will feel confident heading into this one but know they cannot afford to under perform.
Houston Dynamo have two injury concerns as Jermaine Taylor and Kofi Sarkodie remain out. Raul Rodriguez is suspended.
Seattle Sounders are expected to be without Roman Torres, Andreas Correa and Andy Craven, while Chad Marshall and Oniel Fisher are doubts.
Houston Dynamo’s last five: L/L/W/W/L
Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/D/W/D/D
Key Stat: Fortress – Houston have five of their last six home games in MLS.
Key Player: Obafemi Martins – the Sounders goal machine has netted three goals in his last three away games, they will need him to be on form if they’re to take all three points here.
Houston Dynamo 1-1 Seattle Sounders – Dynamo to frustrate Sounders who will struggle to take all points.