Minnesota United is in Texas to take on the Houston Dynamo for the third time this season. We got some information about the squad from our friends at Dynamo Theory.
1) With two matches in the books between the teams ending in 2 draws, what is your outlook for the third and final match?
This is a must win for Houston if we want to go to the postseason. We dropped some points against the Galaxy earlier this week due to self inflicted mistakes, so I think we’ll see fewer of those along with our attacking mentality on display. Houston has been one of the most dominant home teams in MLS this season and although we’ve had a bad stretch of games since Hurricane Harvey, I think this time we pick up three points.
2) Heading in to October, Houston is 1 point off of the playoffs, how confident are you in the team's ability to finish strong and push for the postseason? If they make the playoffs, how far do they go?
Depends which way the wind is blowing because most Dynamo fans are both extremely confident in a playoff berth while at the same time extremely worried that the club might miss out for a fourth year in a row. This is an incredibly important game for us, as is our home/away series with Sporting Kansas City, and we may need some luck from other fixtures if we slip up so it’s probably about 50/50. Odds looked a little better if we would have come out on top against the Galaxy, but that didn’t happen.
If the club makes the playoffs there’s no ceiling for this club when they play their brand of soccer. Unfortunately, they’ve been ice cold in the attacking department which saw the club drop from first in the Western Conference to just outside a playoff spot. They’ll need to return to form for the remainder of the regular season and ride that momentum into the playoffs. However, too often we’ve been conservative with the ball trying to possess despite not being a possession oriented team which has taken ourselves out of games. If that happens in the playoffs, we’re due for an early exit. Getting there is the hard part though, so fingers crossed.
3) What is the outlook for your squad for the 2018 season?
The Dynamo have made huge strides since last season, but if they miss out on the playoffs again there may be even more moves to try and get us over the hump and into a good place. It’s so hard to tell without knowing where we’ll finish honestly. A huge step for us in the offseason will be to complete the full transfers for Alberth Elis and Juan David Cabezas and then maybe figuring out what to do with either Cubo Torres or Mauro Manotas as it appears there isn’t a lot of room for both of them.