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Know Your Enemy - Houston Dynamo Edition

A delve into Whitecaps F.C.’s next opponent.

MLS: Houston Dynamo at Vancouver Whitecaps FC Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday March 11th at 3pm PST the Vancouver Whitecaps face the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston Texas.

Team History

The Houston Dynamo are playing in their 12th season in the MLS this year. They were an ‘expansion’ side in 2006 despite being the relocated former San Jose Earthquakes franchise. They have won two MLS cups first in ‘06 and again ’07, and also made the finals 2 other times.

Manager

Houston is helmed by Wilmer Cabrera who is in his second season as the head honcho in Houston. He was formerly the bench boss at Chivas USA. In his first season with the Dynamo the team finished the regular season with an overall record of 13W-10L-11D and a +12 goal difference. They recorded an impressive 12 of their 13 wins last season at BBVA Stadium.

Line-ups

Houston played their last game in the 4-3-3 with a starting 11 as follows:

Injury report

The Dynamo currently have three players on IR, they are: A.J. DeLaGarza (torn left ACL), George Malki (concussion), and Juan David Cabezas (strained left quad).

Previous Game Recap

The Dynamo were voracious against Atlanta United FC scoring 5 minutes into the match and adding another three before the half would end. The four first half tallies were more than they would need as Chris Seitz kept his sheet clean as well. The four scorers of the AUFC goal-pocalypse were Andrew Wenger, Phillipe Senderos, Mauro Manotas and Darwin Ceros. Houston’s high press and quick counters gave the AUFC midfield and defenders fits. The bulk of the chances and goals created by the Dynamo came in just this fashion. The AUFC defenders never did themselves any favors. They gave balls away freely and were repeatedly caught flatfooted. As the highlight package below shows the Dynamo are extremely dangerous in transition, and can make you pay in a variety of ways.

Man of the Match

Alberth Elis dominated the pitch from the right wing for the Dynamo. Despite not scoring, he was dynamic on the attack and finished the day with two assists. Elis is entering his second season in the MLS after potting 11 in 27 appearances in his first campaign. The Panther is a physical specimen, he has both speed and size and can burn defenders in the air or on the ground.