Both teams come into this match on two-game losing streaks as Dallas lost to San Jose and Chicago earlier this week, while the Dynamo dropped games to at Atlanta and Philadelphia.
FC Dallas notes:
Injury update. Nothing new to report here as it still shows Mauro Diaz and Paxton Pomykal on the list.
About that Cannon. El Capitan, a mountain howitzer cannon that serves as the rivalry trophy between the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas, goes to the overall winner of the series each calendar year. The Dynamo currently has possession after regaining El Capitan for the first time in three seasons, in 2016. Houston took the cannon via the goal differential tiebreaker (+3) after the teams finished the 2016 season with a record of 1-1-1. It was the sixth time in 11 seasons that the Dynamo claimed the trophy.
How about a set piece goal? FC Dallas had not scored on a set piece since Oct. 16 last season. It also had not scored a PK goal since Sept. 3 last season, but both occurred in a 3-0 win against Real Salt Lake earlier this month on May 6. Urruti scored on a PK in the third minute and Matt Hedges converted on a corner kick in the 67th to propel FCD.
Key player for FCD: Roland Lamah. The Ivorian claimed recently that once he got his first goal in MLS that more would come. I see this game as a big chance for him to put his money where his mouth is. I think the fan frustration with him would quickly quiet down if he were to get a couple goals in this one. Heck, even just one.
Biggest Question: Will the group be able to respond after losing two straight?
I think both losses were a good wake up call for this bunch. It put them in unfamiliar territory that they haven’t experienced in a long while. This group doesn’t like to lose, so I would expect them to come out with a little more fire and passion in this one than what we’ve seen in recent weeks.
Key player for Houston: Erick Torres. Cubo has looked good this season for the Dynamo after basically sucking the last couple of seasons there (and in Mexico). Shutting him down won’t be easy but if he isn’t able to get any clean looks on goal, the Dynamo’s road struggles will continue.
OUT: DF George Malki (torn left ACL), MF Eric Alexander (right MCL strain)
QUESTIONABLE: FW Alberth Elis (right hamstring strain)
How to watch
Match date/time: Sunday, 5/28, 7:00PM
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
TV: FS1, Fox Deportes
Online: Fox Sports to Go
Radio: 100.7 FM (English), 1270 AM (Spanish)
Weather Forecast: Sunny, 76 degrees
Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.