The Vancouver Whitecaps travel to Houston and BBVA Compass Stadium to take on the Houston Dynamo. The match begins at 6:30pm PST and can be seen on TSN.
The Dynamo come into the match last in the Western Conference, with 18 points and averaging 0.95 points per game. Conversely, the Whitecaps currently sit 5th in the West with 29 points (1.38 per game), 1 point ahead of 7th place Sporting Kansas City. Despite the apparently lopsidedness of this matchup, don’t expect an easy win for the Caps. While the Dynamo have yet to win a match on the road this season, they are an impressive 4-1-3 at home, averaging 1 goal more per game at home than on the road.
Adding to the complexity of Vancouver taking 3 points in Houston is that the Whitecaps have never won in Houston. Actually, they have never even obtained a point in Houston (or Dallas) and only scored 2 goals in 5 meetings. What’s more, the Caps and Dynamo have already faced off this season, on May 28th, and were unable to pull out a victory.
The Vancouver Whitecaps should have their new faces available today as new centerback David Edgar made his debut on Tuesday evening against Crystal Palace -and scored a goal- while fullback Marcel de Jong made his second appearance. Despite their appearance in the match, I wouldn’t expect them to start against Houston as they are still getting integrated with the team and probably need some additional fitness training first; Houston heat seems like a poor place to make your first start.
Finally, the match will be refereed by Jaime Herrera, who will be in charge of only his 4th MLS contest. In his previous 3 matches, Herrera has averaged 3.3 yellow cards, given 1 red card, and 1 penalty. Hopefully it is a well-officiated game.
What are your predictions for Saturday evening?