It’s the only time these two teams will meet this year so you don’t want to lose for that very reason alone. A new optimism is in Dallas with new manager Oscar Pareja while in Houston the Dynamo after two wins look to rebound after a loss at Vancouver.
1.) Experience v. youth
The Dynamo will have more experience on the field today against FC Dallas and that should help them in a “derby”. The likes of Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis, Boniek Garcia in midfield will set the tone.
One should keep an eye on Davis to see how long he can go after playing for the US against Mexico this past Wednesday. Boniek Garcia was suffering from an illness and was less than effective against Vancouver so expect more from him today.
Ricardo Clark got his first goal of the year but he will need to keep track of Argentine Mauro Diaz in midfield.
Time for this partnership to get back on track and home would be the perfect place. Barnes had a great early chance in Vancouver but after that seemed to be playing wide at the corner flag for large portions of the match.
Bruin had limited chances and cited the congestion that Vancouver had around their penalty area. One way to alleviate that would be for the Dynamo to get the game’s first goal today. Something tells me these two will get it going today as one!
They have scored 6 of the 9 FC Dallas goals.
Blas Perez is a striker who is strong, good in the air and knows his way around the penalty area. Fabian Castillo is lightning quick and making plays which is something that he did not do a year ago. His knifing runs between outside backs and center backs can be lethal.
Finally, Mauro Diaz represented River Plate in Argentina 70 times and is the March MLS player of the month. Quick, skilled and dangerous in tight areas he makes plays of difference.
Limiting his time on the ball is essential today for the Dynamo.