MLS Preview-Week 14

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Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake (RSL)

BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Record and Standings:

Houston Dynamo:  6-5-2-20 points (Tied for second place in Western Conference)  Home:  6-0-1

Real Salt Lake:  4-8-2-14 points (Tied for tenth place in Western Conference)  Road:  1-5-1

  • The Dynamo put their undefeated home record on the line tonight in a mid-week match against Real Salt Lake, who will be playing the first of two games in Texas this week. DaMarcus Beasley, who has been called into the U.S. National team camp ahead of the friendly against Venezuela and two upcoming World Cup qualifiers, will miss this game. RSL has their own issues as U.S. National Team goalkeeper Nick Rimando and four of their young players, who are in South Korea for the U-20 World Cup, will also be missing tonight.
  • Real Salt Lake has only won two of the twelve games they have played in Houston in their short history.

Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo

Century Link Field-Seattle, WA-9:00 p.m. CDT, Sunday, June 4, 2017

The short-handed Dynamo travel to Seattle Sunday night to play the Sounders.  This game is a poster child for why MLS needs to figure out how to not play during international breaks.  In addition to Beasley, the Dynamo will be missing four key players who have been called into camps by their Central American countries.  It will be no picnic for Seattle either, as due to call ups and an injury to former Dynamo Will Bruin, basically have no experienced forwards on their roster.  Unfortunately for the Dynamo, South American qualification doesn’t resume until late summer, so Nicholas Lodiero will be present in Seattle this weekend.  Given the Dynamo’s poor road form in general and terrible form in the Pacific Northwest specifically, this match will be a challenge regardless of who lines up on top for the Sounders.

FC Dallas (FCD) vs. Real Salt Lake

Toyota Stadium – Frisco-7:00 p.m., Saturday, June 3, 2017

FCD learned this week that they will need to play without key central defender Walker Zimmerman for the next 4-6 weeks due to an MCL Strain suffered in the draw with the Dynamo Sunday night.  Center back is the one position on the team without significant depth and Zimmerman will be missed, especially since the other central defender, Matt Hedges, has been called into the U.S. Camp also.  Head coach Oscar Pareja will be faced with some interesting decisions on Saturday night.

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