The Houston Dynamo will look to snap their two-match losing streak when they return home to host the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Saturday’s game will be Houston’s fifth in 16 days, but the Dynamo will get the next two weeks off from MLS action as the World Cup’s group stage gets underway in Russia.
The Dynamo (5-5-3) dropped their last MLS game 1-0 in Montreal last Saturday. Losing and being held scoreless in Canada was frustrating for high-powered Houston, but coach Wilmer Cabrera said the game plan and his team’s effort were both solid.
“We have to go home without any points, which we are not pleased about,” Cabrera said. “Our effort and our plan against Montreal was good for 90 percent of the game, but it wasn’t good enough. We will go back to work, try to continue to improve and work some other players into the mix to allow others some rest.”
The Dynamo bounced back with a 5-0 win in U.S. Open Cup play versus amateur side NTX Rayados on Wednesday in Houston in a game that was scoreless until the 55th minute.
“As soon as we could score it was easier, more relaxed for our players,” Cabrera said. “I think it was a good performance overall for the young guys, the new guys, and the guys who haven’t played as much.”
Conversely, nothing has been going well for the Rapids (2-8-2) over the past two months. They have lost seven consecutive MLS matches, the latest a 2-1 home setback against the Vancouver Whitecaps on June 1. Colorado’s seven-match losing streak is the longest in the league this year.
The Rapids then added to their misery when they lost 2-0 in U.S. Open Cup play at Nashville SC, a second-division, United Soccer League side, on Wednesday.
After the loss to Nashville, Rapids coach Anthony Hudson told the Denver Post, “The players give everything, and I don’t think there’s ever been a sign of that not being the case. They kept trying, they kept running, they kept doing it, they’ve done it every game. There’s just a little lack of confidence, and it’s something that we have to work through.
“The players have no time to feel sorry for themselves. We know these situations define you. No one’s happy about it. We’re frustrated, hurting, but we need to step up and we need to work through it.”
The Dynamo are currently on a three-game home winning streak and have not lost in front of their home fans since March 31. Houston has scored at least three goals in each of its previous three games at home, including games against New York FC (3-1), LA Galaxy (3-2) and Toronto FC (5-1).
However, Colorado has only lost once at BBVA Compass Stadium since in 2012. The Rapids have met Houston 26 times in MLS regular-season play and own a 11-8 edge with seven draws. The most recent meeting produced a 1-0 Colorado win last September in Houston.
—Field Level Media