Consistency of play is something that coaches covet when it comes to the overall look of their team.
The Houston Dynamo remain one of only two undefeated teams at home in MLS but to be fair the Dynamo are still seeking out more consistent performances
Against FC Dallas the Dynamo struggled with the pace of Jackson and only took the game over when Jair Benetiz was ejected to go on to win 2-1.
Against Toronto FC, the Dynamo conceded 3 first half goals to a bottom dweller before pulling off a stunning comeback to earn a draw in the second half.
The Dynamo midfield in these games looked less than controlling for ninety minutes and it was a harbinger of things to come as they were beaten convincingly in Montreal 4-2.
Against Philadelphia the mission was to get more control of the game through a more stable midfield and that is exactly what the Dynamo pulled off.
Manager Dominic Kinnear went to a 4-3-3 starting point condensing the middle of the field with Brad Davis, Geoff Cameron, and Luiz Camargo.
The Dynamo would go on to a 2-1 win over Philadelphia after surviving an early second half scare when Keon Daniel tied things and the Union had a few chances including one notable one from Pajoy.
Tonight Kinnear and company will continue to look for that consistent midfield play that is the springboard for controlling games. One would expect few changes yet the Dynamo also look out from a game at Sporting KC this Saturday.
4-3-3 Based on prior results one might look to see this trend continue heading into this game. Could Adam Moffat return to the lineup?
Some like Luiz Camargo looked to have thrived in this system with additional support in midfield while one other Will Bruin seemed frustrated playing in the middle with two additional strikers wide of him in Boniek Garcia and Kandji.
THE CHALLENGE: Based on prior Chicago games the Dynamo will have to break down a deeper defending team. This will be the challenge and Boniek Garcia with his ability to beat individuals off the dribble could play a big part in this.
The Honduran came in and produced a wonderful debut performance against Philadelphia and went the full 90 minutes.
Nothing better than the individual to break down a deep defending team.
The Dynamo will need a good night of passing and must remain balanced defensively when pushing forward with concentration and attention to detail with and without the ball.
One moment of loss of concentration was fatal for Sporting against the fire.
MORE CHALLENGE: The Dynamo tonight are running into a young goalkeeper who is coming off a remarkable performance. Sean Johnson of the Fire was spectacular against Sporting KC pulling off save after save.
The ball right now looks like a beach-ball to him.
COUNTER ATTACK: The Fire defending deep become dangerous with the ability to break out through the pace, skill and ideas of Patrick Nyarko, Dominic Oduro, Marco Pappa, Chris Rolfe and newly signed Brazilian Alex.
GEOFF CAMERON: Cameron was watched by Everton scouts recently and all reports have Stoke offering somewhere between 2 to 2.6 million dollars for the big man. This is a deal that should happen for all parties involved.
It should be another great night at BBVA Compass and this game clearly is one of importance.
Thoughts on tonight?