FC Dallas is in the Bayou City today to take on their Texas Derby rivals, the Houston Dynamo. As we normally do here before games, we have brought in our SBN blog friends from the opposing team's blog to give a little more insight to the upcoming game.
Today we have Derek Stowers from Dynamo Theory to offer up his comments on today's game.
BDS: How have Dynamo fans reacted to the way the offseason went? Did their minds change any after week 1?
DT: I think Dynamo fans have reacted positively to the new style of play that Coyle has been able to implement over the offseason. The New England Revolution are a very strong club and the Dynamo nearly walked away from their 1st league match of 2016 with 3 points.
Before week 1, there were concerns about how different the lineup would be and how effective Andrew Wenger and Cristian Maidana could be, but those opinions have largely been put to rest after both players were able to score in their debuts. The Dynamo need to shore up the backline, but with players returning to health and a better understanding of player roles, that should come with time.
BDS: The play on the wings will likely be important in this one for FC Dallas, how will Houston counter that?
DT: The Dynamo will need to be extremely disciplined getting back defensively. Wenger showed his ability to support defensive efforts, but Giles Barnes will need to drift back more than he's accustomed to in order to stop the quality play from the wings. If DaMarcus Beasley is healthy (and it's hopeful that he is) his speed could help neutralize some creative play out wide. Sheanon Williams is also expected back in the Dynamo lineup and his expertise, and experience with Wenger on the right side, should help as well.
BDS: Houston brought in a lot of new faces in the offseason, who is one guy that fans are most excited about?
DT: I'm going to cheat and give you two names since they both had dominant performances in our week 1 game against the Revs: Cristian Maidana and Andrew Wenger. Maidana, or Chaco, is extremely gifted with the ball at his feet and his ability to play through balls, long accurate crosses, and deliver from set pieces makes him dangerous and exciting. Wenger is a bit of an all-around forward who is quick, strong, defends well, and has excellent vision for goal. He will be a menace and with Will Bruin and Giles Barnes also on the field it will be difficult to mark each of them following possession changes.
Projected lineup: (4-2-3-1); Joe Willis; DaMarcus Beasley, Raul Rodriguez, David Horst, Sheanon Williams; Ricardo Clark, David Rocha; Giles Barnes, Cristian Maidana, Andrew Wenger; Will Bruin