The Dynamo take on Sporting Kansas City tonight on the road at 7:30 pm cdt on NBC Sports Network.
The game looms large in the Eastern Conference and is essentially a 6 pt match.
Of course both Dynamo manager Dom Kinnear and Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes will be assessing how players are after coming back from international duty. How many of these players will start?
I would expect the Dynamo to match up in this system with the team that plays it the best in Sporting KC. Look for this to settle at times into a five man midfield which will absorb pressure.
Will Bruin will turn into a possession player and will be expected to hold the ball if this happens and likely will be matched up for much of the game with All Star defender Aurelien Collin who returns from suspension.
Sporting KC has created an amazing environment and it is amazing as to where it has come from the days of the Kansas City Wizards who played at Arrowhead Stadium. The atmosphere tonight will be electric.
What player would not want to play here!!
Sporting KC much like the Dynamo has a tremendous work ethic and these two teams will give as much as they take.
Sporting has power, athleticism and skill. An excellent spine with Jimmy Neilson in goal, Roger Espinoza in midfield along with the skill of Graham Zusi (coming off excellent game for U.S. against Jamaica). I would also not be surprised to see Zusi pushed higher up the field on the right.
Up front the power of Kei Kamara a former Dynamo, and CJ Sapong must be recognized. Kamara recently played for Sierra Leone.
Additionally Sporting could go with a three set in midfield that is more defensive with Espinoza, Julio Cesar, and Paulo Nagamura.
It will be interesting to see how the Dynamo lineup up tonight.
What incoming players will need to be rested.
I doubt one of those will be Boniek Garcia who could either play in the interior of midfield or out wide in the three set. With Calen Carr out due to yellow cards one might expect him to handle the wide position.
One would expect the return to the back of Jermaine Taylor. Andre Hainault has been bothered by an injury so will he get the start or will Kofi Sarkodie at right back?
Camargo has seduced us with his great skill and moments that get fans excited but this season has been less than what has been expected.
Can this player find his game and energy to be more impactful at this stage of the season. If so, it could be a big bonus for the Dynamo down the stretch run towards MLS playoffs.
Who helps to police this area of the field? Both Sporting KC Espinoza and Dynamo Ricardo Clark could be huge in this department.