POSITIONS: Somewhat surprisingly, Brian Schmetzer opted for a first-choice lineup against the Houston Dynamo. Most notably, Kelyn Rowe starts alongside Albert Rusnák in defensive midfield.
A lot has changed at the Houston Dynamo in the last year or so. Ted Segal bought the team and then replaced the general manager and head coach almost as soon as possible. That has caused some significant fluctuations in the roster and, more importantly, may have even helped them turn corners on the field.
The Dynamo may not be breaking goals, but they’re currently in the playoffs 4-4-3 and picking up a solid win over Nashville SC, overcoming a red card to Adam Lundqvist.
However, in this case the dynamo will be somewhat undermanned. Dynamo’s appeal against Lundqvist’s red card was dismissed and they are also without centre-back Teenage Hadebe, who will be serving a yellow card suspension.
- The Dynamo average is just 97.6 passes per game in the offensive third, the second lowest of any MLS team. They also rank last in the table for touches in the penalty area (16.1) and shots in the penalty area (5.73).
- Darwin Quintero (5) and Sebastian Ferreira (4) have scored nine of Houston’s 14 goals together.
- Raúl Ruidíaz and Nicolas Lodeiro both scored against Minnesota United. It’s the 11th time the pair have scored in the same game. Only LAFC duo Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi (13 times) have scored more times in the same game since Ruidíaz joined the league in 2018.
- The Sounders are hoping to start their first MLS winning streak since winning four in a row last October.
OUT OF: teenage Hadebe (banned); Adam Lundqvist (suspended)
OUT OF: João Paulo (R ACL Tear); Obed Vargas (Suspension)
QUESTIONABLE: Jackson Ragen (Health and Safety Protocol)
REF: Rubiel Vázquez; AR1: Cory Richardson; AR2: Nick Uranga; 4th: Elton Garcia; VAR: Jorge Gonzalez; AVAR: Peter Balciunas
Match date/kick-off time: Wednesday, 5:38 p.m. PT
Venue: PNC Stadium, Houston
online streaming: Amazon Prime (Affiliate Link, In-Market), ESPN+ (affiliate link, out of market),
Local English TV: Fox13+ (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local radio: 93.3 KJR-FM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Locas SpaniardsH radio: El Rey 1360h (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Australia & New Zealand: beIN Sports Australia
Brazil: DAZN (Brazil)
Bulgaria: Max Sport
China: China Sports Media
China (Closed Circuit TV): Star Sports
Czech Republic & Slovakia: Nova Sport (Czech Republic)
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain: DAZN (Europe)
Latin America: ESPN Latin America
Southeast Asia: beIN Sports Asia
Ukraine: Soccer 1
The highlights will be released as the game progresses.
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