MLS Preview and Prediction: Houston Dynamo vs Chicago Fire

Competition: Major League Soccer – Houston Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire

Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium – Friday, July 3 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)

Match Odds: Houston Dynamo 6/5 – Draw 5/2 – Chicago Fire 11/5

Match Preview

Houston Dynamo host Eastern Conference’s basement side Chicago Fire on Friday night, looking to get their first win in three, while the hosts are looking for a first win in five.

Owen Coyle’s men have suffered back-to-back defeats away from home, suffering losses at Portland Timbers and FC Dallas both by the scoreline of 2-0 in their last two games.

Home comforts at BBVA Compass Stadium has seen Houston Dynamo pick up valuable wins over higher placed teams like New York Red Bulls, Portland Timbers and also Columbus Crew, scoring eight goals in those three matches.

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After this game they play consecutive away games again, this time in San Jose before a visit to Real Salt Lake in what are two very tough fixtures against Western rivals.

They will need Will Bruin back to his best and ready to add more goals to his impressive tally of seven for the season.

Chicago Fire are on a poor run of form with no wins in their last four matches and no wins in the seven matches the Fire have played away from Toyota Park.

Their dreadful away form needs to change. With only two points picked up on the road, it’s clear to see why they are struggling at the bottom of the Eastern Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings.

Top scorer David Accam is still set to miss out having been absent for the defeat at home to DC United last week in what is a huge worry for Frank Yallop and his side as they look to win for the first time in five attempts at BBVA Compass Stadium.

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The last meeting between the two saw Chicago Fire run out 2-1 winners over Houston Dynamo in what was also the last game for former head coach Dominic Kinnear, while the Dynamo won the last game in Houston by a 2-0 scoreline.

Team News

Houston Dynamo will be without Rob Lovejoy (hamstring).

Chicago Fire will still be missing Shaun Maloney (bulging disc), David Accam (hamstring) and also Patrick Nyarko (knee).

Key Points

Houston Dynamo last five in MLS: L/D/W/L/L

Chicago Fire last five in MLS: W/L/L/L/L

Key Stat: Chicago Fire have not won any of their last 15 away games in MLS.

Key Player: Giles Barnes – The Englishman has hit six goals and has one assist to his name this season. Last season’s Dynamo MVP will look to a lowly Chicago Fire to continue impressing with goals and grabbing assists.

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Score Prediction

Houston Dynamo 2-0 Chicago Fire – A comfortable win for Houston as they end successive defeats with victory in front of their home fans. Chicago Fire on the other hand look to be without a win in five after this.


MLS Preview and Prediction: Houston Dynamo vs Orlando City

Competition: Major League Soccer – Houston Dynamo vs Orlando City

Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium – Friday, March 13 – 19:00 ET (23:00 GMT )

Match Odds: Houston Dynamo 19/20 – Draw 11/5 – Orlando City 11/4

Match Preview

Houston Dynamo welcome Orlando City to the BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday evening for the first match of gameweek two in the 2015 MLS season.

Houston Dynamo enjoyed a successful start to the season last weekend as a 66th minute Giles Barnes goal earned Owen Coyle‘s men a hard fought 1-0 victory in a tight game at home to the Columbus Crew.

Orlando City’s first ever competitive encounter at home to fellow MLS debutants New York City provided late drama as they came back from 1-0 down to secure a draw thanks to a 90th minute deflected free-kick by star man Kaka, despite being down to ten men for the last seven minutes after Aurelien Collin saw red for a dangerous tackle on David Villa.

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The Dynamo will be pleased that they have the comfort of being able to enjoy the home advantage for the second week running. They fared considerably better on home soil in the 2014 season (P17, W8, D4, L5) than they did on the road (P17, W3, D2, L12).

Adrian Heath‘s Orlando team head to Houston for what will be their first away game in MLS history, so they’ll be hoping to begin life on their travels with a good performance and positive result.

Houston Dynamo recorded a convincing 3-0 win over Orlando City in their final preseason game at the end of February with goals coming from Boniek Garcia and Brad Davis, although Orlando finished the game with only nine players after Collin and Carlos Rivas were sent off.

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With the competitive element now being introduced, that will act as a key motivational factor and we can expect to see a much tighter contest between these two sides compared to the one we saw in preseason.

Houston will of course be hoping for a repeat performance and result but Orlando showed some promising signs in their opening game last week and the Lions will provide a stronger attacking threat this time around.

Team News

Houston Dynamo have no injuries or suspensions, so Owen Coyle has a full squad to choose from as they hope to make it two wins on the bounce.

Orlando City defender Aurelien Collin will be suspended following his red card last weekend. Forward Martin Paterson may be unavailable after he missed the game with New York City because of a groin strain. Goalkeeper Tally Hall remains out with a long-term injury.

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Key Points

Houston Dynamo’s form: W

Orlando City’s form: D

Key Stat: Houston Dynamo haven’t earned a point when conceding the first goal at home since November 2013 when they came back from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls. They have conceded the first goal four times on home soil since then and have gone on to lose on each occasion. So if Orlando can get themselves into the lead, they may fancy their chances of seeing it out.

Key Player: Tyler Deric – The Houston Dynamo goalkeeper was given a chance to shine and was kept busy by the Columbus Crew attack last weekend as he made six saves on the way to securing a clean sheet. He can expect more of the same on Friday as Orlando boast an array of talent in offensive areas so Deric will need to be on top form.

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Score Prediction

Houston Dynamo 1-1 Orlando City – Houston Dynamo edged out a win in their last game while Orlando City showed great spirit to fight back from a goal down late on, so both will be confident. This should be another tight contest.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Houston Dynamo vs Columbus Crew

Competition: Major League Soccer – Houston Dynamo vs Columbus Crew

Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium – Sunday, March 8th – 20:30 ET (01:30 GMT – Sunday, 9)

Match Odds: Houston Dynamo 5/4 – Draw 11/5 – Columbus Crew 11/5

Match Preview

Houston Dynamo host the Columbus Crew on Saturday night in their season openers of the 2015 Major League Soccer campaign. This one sees two good sides that have had eventful yet promising offseasons go head-to-head.

Houston has changed their manager, opting to go for Owen Coyle. The Scot replaces Dominic Kinnear who departed the club at the end of the 2014 season after eight years in charge.

The managerial change sees former Premier League manager Coyle take over a Houston side that needs to do better than last season as they have a lot of promise in the squad.

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With the addition of Erick Torres to bolster an already strong team that boasts World Cup stars DaMarcus Beasley and Brad Davis, the Dynamo could be set for a good season.

Starting a season at home is always a good thing and Houston are the favorites going into the game against the Columbus Crew.

Houston Dynamo’s MLS home record in 2014: P17 – W8 – D4 – L5

The Columbus Crew’s changes have been more image-based as the club enter 2015 with a new logo and are without too many changes to their roster. The addition of Kei Kamara will bolster their attacking options and is a good pickup.

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Midfield acquisitions, Mohammed Saeid and Kristinn Steindorsson will add depth to a midfield that is very strong. Defensive midfielder, Will Trapp was recently called up to the USMNT and will want to continue to impress this year.

Columbus Crew’s MLS away record in 2014: P17 – W5 – D6 – L6

A special mention has to go to Ethan Finlay as the young attacking midfielder chipped in with eleven goals in MLS last term and will be hoping for more of the same in 2015.

Team News

Houston Dynamo: No injuries and we’re expecting everyone to be available for selection. Will Bruin is set to start in attack while defender Raul Rodriguez should make his debut at centre-back.

Columbus Crew: Romain Gall is out of this game with a knee injury. Kei Kamara and Kristinn Steindorsson should make their debuts.

Key Points

Houston Dynamo’s form: N/A

Columbus Crew’s form: N/A

Key Stat: The Houston Dynamo have only lost once at home to Columbus in MLS, a 2-0 defeat in June 2011.

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Key Player: Federico Higuain – The Argentinian playmaker can lay on assists as well as score goals. He was key in 2014 for Columbus and if they are to take anything from Sunday’s game he will need to be at his best in a playmaking role.

Score Prediction

Houston Dynamo 1-1 Columbus Crew – A game that neither side want to lose and we don’t think either will risk losing in this one. It could be a tight game but with each side bagging a goal. Score draw.

MLS 2015 Season Preview: Houston Dynamo

As the new season draws ever closer we’ll have a new MLS 2015 Season Preview up everyday. Today we take a look at what the Houston Dynamo will be looking to achieve this year.

Houston Dynamo goes into the 2015 season with a new manager in Owen Coyle and a lot of room for improvement. Following the departure of Dominic Kinnear, the Dynamo have signalled their intent that they need to do better. Houston is a team in transition but they have failed to impress in recent times and need to try and bounce back this year. They will be looking to make their mark in the Western Conference following their move from the East to make room for the new expansion franchises.

Last season’s finish: Eastern Conference position: 8th – P34 – W11 – D6 – L17

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What needs to change this year? 

They need more points. For a team that boasts some highly talented players in DaMarcus Beasley and Brad Davis to name a couple, they need to be performing better. Owen Coyle will bring a British philosophy to this Houston side. And so they should hopefully be a lot better defensively this season and with it, increase their points output.

Key changes to squad:

Ins: Erick Torres – Forward (Designated Player), Raul Rodriguez – Defender, Joe Willis – Goalkeeper.

Outs: Mark Sherrod – Striker, Andrew Driver – Midfielder, Tally Hall – Goalkeeper.

Key player: Brad Davis – Midfielder

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Brad Davis is now the longest-serving player to stay with one club in MLS and he plays with pride every time he pulls on the orange of Houston and is a great leader for his side. Expect him to lead them again this season, while his threat from set-pieces is a great asset to the Dynamo. Davis is key to their season.

One to watch: Erick Torres – Forward

It may seem a controversial choice as Erick Torres is not expected to join up until June. However, expect him to have a huge impact on the productivity of this Houston attack. Torres scored 15 goals last term for a Chivas USA side that were below average. He is a natural goalscorer and great signing for the Dynamo. He will need to earn his Designated Player tag as soon as he rejoins MLS with the Dynamo.

Predicted finish: Western Conference – 8th

We’re not expecting miracles at the BBVA Compass Stadium this season and so a modest eighth-placed finish will be a good building block for a side that should be pushing for the playoffs the following year.

How do you think the Houston Dynamo will fare in 2015?

Preview: Houston Dynamo vs New England Revolution

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.

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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