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Downstream Game 17: Away vs Houston Dynamo FC

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MLS: Houston Dynamo at Colorado Rapids Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Dynamo Stats

2021 Record: 3-6-9 WLT, 18 points for 1 PPG

Goals: 19 for, 25 allowed, -6 differential

Power Rankings: HOU #24 (-5), Rapids #5 (+2)

Last Result: 2-0 loss vs Minnesota United

The seventh Texas game. Almost half of our games have been against Austin FC, Houston Dynamo, or Dallas FC. Anyone else getting real sick of this?

The Colorado Rapids game last weekend against Sporting Kansas City was a good result. Personally, I felt like we would have been expecting a loss. Instead, we had a tie that felt like two points lost, since the Rapids could have easily pulled off a victory. Sporting can make excuses like missing starters, road game, had a midweek game beforehand... whatever. Doesn’t change the fact that they are one of the best teams in the league and we held our own against them.

On that note, we’re going to swing to the other end of the Western Conference as we face Houston for the second time, now on the road. How do they look, and why have they dropped so far from where they were when they started the season?

In short, Houston shouldn’t be a big challenge. We had a game against them earlier this season and we won 3-1. With Mark-Anthony Kaye having a pretty great game last week and Kellyn Acosta presumably coming back into the starting lineup along with Diego Rubio, we should be more than prepared for them. They haven’t won a game since May.

The Dynamo haven’t been very dynamic this year (sorry I had to). They made a splash by signing Corey Baird from LAFC a couple of weeks ago. He might be the fix they need right now, considering their offense is the second-lowest scoring in the West. But even worse, they are 25th in the league on expected goal differential. It just doesn’t seem like they are going to reverse direction any time soon.

Houston had a decent start, but like I mentioned above, they haven’t been able to win a game in a long time. Sure, they might be technically undefeated at home, but the mountain of ties that they have accumulated mean that they can’t press an advantage. No team has won fewer, and only Nashville have tied more.

Last weekend’s SKC game showed we can play with some of the best. Now we have another opportunity to show we can consistently beat some of the weakest. Stick to the Rapids strengths, push for a win, and we should be walking away with a comfortable three points and a clean six on the season from Houston.