The Sounders take on the Houston Dynamo just four days after the Seattle Reign dismantled the Houston Dash 4-1. Can we continue the Houston domination this weekend? Can we put an end to these recent losses? Let's take a look at some of the key Dynamo players to watch and compare team stats ahead of Sunday's match.
Player / Injury Updates
Chad Marshall remains a key Sounders player on the injury watch list. Lamar Neagle was out last week with an ankle injury, and may be given another match off to recover, while Djimi Traore's status also remains up in the air.
The Dynamo give up nearly two goals a game, and WhoScored.com notes they are susceptible to the counter attack. USMNT veteran DaMarcus Beasley was recently added to the lineup to help strengthen the struggling Dynamo defense.
Houston has also struggled mightily on the road in recent weeks. The Dynamo have lost their last 5 away matches. They also conceded at least 3 goals in their last 4 away matches. That is a trend I would like to continue.
Here is your weekly graph examining when the Sounders and their opponents score and concede goals. Seattle scores late in the match, while the Dynamo look to be more of a first-half team (at least offensively).
Don Ruiz with the Tacoma News Tribune reminds us that we should be excited about August. Saturday’s loss in San Jose marked the Sounders third loss in August since 2010. Overall, the Sounders have gone 13-6-4 in August, outscoring opponents 37-20.
There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about this weekend. Let's hope we can walk away from the Clink with a win that gets us 3 points closer to the Supporters' Shield.