A lot has happened since Seattle hosted Houston back in May. Before Saturday evening’s rematch in Houston, we sat down with our friends at Dynamo Theory to catch up on what’s new with La Naranja.
Sounder at Heart: So the Dynamo are currently even with RSL on points for 7th place. Portland is one of the hottest teams in MLS, and SKC can be expected to push up the table. What does Houston need to do in order to secure a playoff spot?
Dynamo Theory: If the Dynamo want to make the playoffs they are going to have to pick up points on the road. Over the last few seasons, the Dynamo have been the worst team in MLS on the road and have missed the playoffs because of their awful road form. Picking up points on the road will be crucial to a playoff push, but the Dynamo also have to play well at home, especially against Western Conference opposition like Seattle Saturday night.
SAH: Are you expecting any summer transfer business for the Dynamo? In or out?
DT: The Dynamo signed Jose Bizama, a defender from Chile, but he has yet to make his debut. The big transfer news around the Dynamo is who is leaving. Mauro Manotas is rumored to be close to a move to Liga MX, which would leave a huge hole in the Dynamo attack. If Alberth Elis goes as well, it could be a very rough end of the season.
SAH: The Dynamo have a sort of Jekyll & Hyde situation with their home games & road games. LAFC is the only team to beat the Dynamo in Houston this season. What can the Sounders do to get a result?
DT: This will sound like a dumb answer, but to beat the Dynamo in Houston, Seattle is going to have to score goals. The Dynamo are going to counter and attack hard, so Seattle has to take their chances. LAFC scored 3 times in the game you mentioned and if Seattle can do the same, they should be leaving BBVA Stadium with 3 points.
The reverse post can be found here on Dynamo Theory.