I'll start this off by telling you the answer. Of course we do, and i'll tell you why.
First of all, Joe Cannon is playing well. Now, I, as well as most people, thought that goal two weeks ago that Joe let in was a bit week. But in Joe's defence, replay's showed that their was an obvious foul on Brad Rusin in the build-up play which led to the goal. I also think that all the good chances we missed in that game overshadowed all the great chances Columbus had, which Joe stopped.
Now look at our defence. YP and Rochat in our fullback rolls add the winger edge I don't think we get with our 4-2-3-1, formation (Which by the way is the best formation for us). Their work rate is top class, especially on two aging (but still great) left back and right backs. And then our center is as rock solid as ever, even without Jay. When Demerit suffered his injury I think most people were worried about putting Rusin in, but Brad has shown us their was nothing to worry about. His strength and pace in that center back position raises comparisons to none other then Jay Demerit, ironically the player he replaces. And then we have handy O'Brien who's know how of the game and defensive postion seems to be rubbing off on a younger Rusin.
Then we have our midfield. Koffie will be a star, I can tell you that. His potential is something spectacular, and he will with no doubt be catching European interest in the blink of an eye. Now, that does likely mean we have to wave goodbye to our dancing Ghanaian who we all love, but I think any true fan's next favourite soccer team will be wherever he goes. Their's also trusty Jun in the central defensive midfield, who we may seem to forget, but is making an impact every game. His ability to control the tempo of a match (which I actually notice the most when we are on the road) is something vital to any team wanting to succeed. Nigel Reo-Coker is truly starting to show why he played pro in Europe. His last game may have been summed up single handedly by his big miss, but some of the ball's he placed on to the foot of the likes of YP and Miller were extraordinary.
I wasn't exactly won over as some other fans were after Kobayashi's performance against TFC, but I think I can speak for everyone in the stands when we played the Crew, I am now. That goal he had is only surpassed in Whitecaps history by Hassli's wonder goal. As I sat in the stands that game I was sarcastically shouting "SHOOT DAIGO" from my seat when I saw him receive the ball (which was won back from Columbus from a great tackle by Gershon). I was surprised to see him shoot it, but I think the whole stadium was more surprised to see it sail in to the goal.
Then we have Darren Mattocks, arguably our best player. He may not have his best games this season, but we shouldn't forget, 6 out of Darren's 8 goals were scored on the road. Funny enough, his only two home goals were against Houston. We will probably also have the likes of Camilo or Hurtado within our team. I personally would like to see our Brazilian Magician get some time on the pitch, hopefully in a starting role. Don't forget: Camilo is one our only four players ever to score against Houston. And It's not that I wouldn't mind seeing Hurtado in the Starting 11, it's more I want to see him come in as that lethal sub, like in the last two games. Overtime, maybe after we see him score some goals, then a starting role wouldn't be out of the question. But for now, I would place my bets on Camilo. I wrote an article about my choice here: http://www.eightysixforever.com/2013/3/22/4136162/who-to-fill-the-gap
We must not forget, were playing against a strong (but shorthanded) Houston side. The side who even though were defeated by L.A, made it to the final's against most people's predictions. But I think we will defeat them on the account of three reasons
1. Look at our track record against them. Two wins and one loss. Our only loss came in that first season just as we were getting on to the front foot of our MLS career. But two wins, one coming in that first season where we failed to win many matches, that show's we have the mental state to beat the Dynamo. We know we have done it before, and we know we can do it again.
3. Were in great form. Not just a single player but the whole team is really performing spectacular lately and most of the players are keen to win some more. Houston's last game was a heartbreaker after they lost to Dallas in the 90th minute after (almost) completing a memorable comeback. The Dynamo are frustrated and tired, the Caps are rested and excited.
One last point: We only had three road wins last year, but our first road win was on our first attempt. Lets hope that's a pattern waiting to start.