LINEUPS: Cody Baker makes his first career MLS start at left back, while Dylan Teves gets his first start of the season.
The Seattle Sounders have managed to hold onto first place in the Western Conference but it’s a bit precarious, as they’ve played more games than the two teams immediately behind them. After going winless in two straight, a road win over the Houston Dynamo would be a welcome narrative shift.
Although the Sounders have dominated the recent history between these two teams — winning 10 of their past 11 meetings — this Dynamo squad is improved from many of those previous ones. The Dynamo come into this game 4-3-2 and solidly mid-table. That might not sound like much, but considering they last made the playoffs in 2017 — where they were bounced by the Sounders — this is a marked improvement.
The Dynamo have been especially good at home, where they are 4-0-1 in league play and won their U.S. Open Cup game on Wednesday with a rotated lineup.
- Seattle has won 10 of 11 and has only lost twice in their past 19 meetings (13-2-4) with the Dynamo dating back to 2013. That includes two playoff wins and a 3-2-3 record in Houston.
- The Dynamo have just one loss in their past nine home league matches, dating to last year.
- The Dynamo have yet to allow a goal in five home games this year. They are the fourth team in MLS history to manage that — the Sounders were also in that group but had their streak end last week. No team has ever started the season with six straight home games without allowing a goal.
- Paul Rothrock and Cody Baker have both signed short-term loan agreements and will be eligible for selection.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
OUT: Nouhou (illness); Léo Chú (L midfoot sprain); Cristian Roldan (concussion protocol); Kelyn Rowe (L knee sprain); Raúl Ruidíaz (R hamstring strain); Obed Vargas (international duty); Danny Leyva (loan)
OUT: Ifunanyachi Achara (knee); Teenage Hadebe (leg); Tate Schmitt (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: Erik Sviatchenko (lower body)
REF: Rubiel Vazquez; AR1: Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho; AR2: Brooke Mayo; 4TH: Diego Blas; VAR: Alejandro Marisc
How to Watch
Match date/kickoff time: Saturday, 5:39 PM PT
Venue: Shell Energy Stadium; Houston, Texas
Global Streaming English (free trial): MLS Season Pass (Mark Rogondino and Heath Pearce)
Global Streaming Spanish: MLS Season Pass (Adrian Garcia Marquez and Francisco Pinto)
Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Danny Jackson & Steve Zakuani)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Is this game available to stream for free? N
Will Sounders radio be available as an alternate feed? N
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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