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Three Questions: Digging deep into the heart of the Houston Dynamo

Talking shop with the Dynamo Theory ahead of Friday’s big game.

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As kick off nears for FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo tonight, we welcome in Derek Stowers from the Dynamo Theory to discuss tonight’s big Texas Derby match for our three questions series.

BDS: Houston has been nearly unstoppable this season at home, what do you attribute to the big change in the club's performance at BBVA Compass Stadium?

DT: It’s difficult to answer that because as Dynamo fans we’ve been wondering “why have we been so poor away from home” rather than focusing on what has made us so good at BBVA Compass Stadium. Simply put, they are relentless in their attack which is the style Wilmer Cabrera wants them to play. It means our center forward and wingers pressing opposing defenders and midfielders in order to create turnovers. It means having them ready at all times to spring the counter attack with support coming from the midfield should we not find a scoring opportunity immediately on that counter. It also means giving up some goals, but avoiding conceding easy goals while having enough quality to score on the other end. Playing this way, taking risks with passing, and playing with confidence has all helped the Dynamo perform well thus far at home.

BDS: When our two clubs met last it was a nil-nil draw, how important will it be for the Dynamo defense to get another positive result like that one on Friday night?

DT: As mentioned above, the club’s style of play means they will allow some goals which is why every clean sheet deserves heaps of praise. I definitely want the defense and midfield alert to make plays, but the defense also has to be played higher up the field to get turnovers and quickly change a defensive play into an offensive one. The club also should not try and sit back and play conservatively. Every time they do, and this has been one of my critiques of the club on the road, it hurts them. The Dynamo need to play their brand and that confidence will translate to a positive outcome.

BDS: What will be some keys for the Dynamo to come away with yet another home victory in this game Friday?

DT: The theme for playing at home is play their way. They cannot focus on other opponents’ way of playing because they were not built for that. They need to attack, attack, and attack some more. The midfield must support the forwards more than they did in the previous meeting with FCD and they must take some risks with their passing (specifically long switches and over the top passes). If Romell Quioto, Alex, or DaMarcus Beasley cannot play (all were early substitutions last game) then their replacements, Mauro Manotas, Oscar Boniek Garcia, and Dylan Remick respectively, will need to step up and follow the game plan to the letter.

Lineup predictions:

4-3-3: Tyler Deric; Dylan Remick, Leonardo, Adolfo Machado, A. J. DeLaGarza; Alex Lima, Juan David Cabezas, Ricardo Clark; Romell Quioto, Erick Torres, Alberth Elis

Prediction: 3-2 Dynamo win. The Dynamo are just very good at home and I think they get it done again. They will get scored on, but they have some much quality up top to continue firing away. I could see a draw happening because I think this will be a close game, but I’ll give the edge to the currently undefeated home team.