Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Houston Dynamo made history the last time
they stepped onto the pitch at BBVA Compass Stadium. When they return to their
home field to face Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, they will be hopeful of
building upon their unprecedented legacy.
Houston saw its home unbeaten streak extended to an MLS-record 30 matches with
a 1-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids on April 28. The Dynamo will hope to
extend that record on Sunday against Sporting, match that will pit two of the
top teams in the Eastern Conference against one another.
The two sides came into their respective mid-week matches ensconced in a four-
way tie along with Red Bull New York and the Montreal Impact for top spot in
the East, but only two teams were level atop the table by the end of the night
as only Houston and New York claimed maximum points.
The Dynamo took three points from Wednesday's match in substantial style,
running out at RFK Stadium to a convincing 4-0 victory over lowly D.C. United.
Will Bruin played a starring role in the affair by lending a hand in all four
goals, scoring twice and adding two assists.
The victory extended Houston's unbeaten run to five games with the club taking
11 points over that stretch.
Sporting, by comparison, enjoyed an encouraging start to the season, but
losing three of its last four league matches has seen the club fall out of
pole position. The club most recently suffered a debilitating 1-0 home defeat
to Seattle Sounders FC with the lone goal coming in the fourth minute of
Even with the late dagger, Sporting head coach Peter Vermes did shed some
light on the positive moments of note.
"The great thing is, we played very well," Vermes said. "Again having to
change the lineup based on a short turn around given that we played Sunday and
they played Saturday. I thought we did a good job and we had good run of play.
"I thought the second half we got a little tired in the middle of the park it
was hard to make subs based on what we needed. The first half I thought we
created a lot of good chances in and around the box and I thought we dictated
Houston has posted two consecutive clean sheets, placing a bit of added
pressure on Sporting to produce the goods up front.
In order to do so, the club is likely to rely upon Claudio Bieler and Graham
Zusi. Bieler is tied with Mike Magee and Jack McInerney for the MLS scoring
lead with six goals on the season while Zusi's four assists put him level with
Joao Plata for most in the league.
If Kei Kamara, who recently returned from a loan spell at Norwich City, can
add an additional scoring threat, Houston's home unbeaten spell could come
under serious threat.
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