Major League Soccer
After the Wednesday night draw against Sporting Kansas City, the Dynamo failed to make up any ground on their perennial rivals in the Eastern Conference standings. They were able to pick up a crucial point, however, and have the weekend off before returning to the pitch against the New York Red Bulls in the regular season home finale on Oct. 20 (TICKETS).
With the Dynamo inactive this weekend, let's take a look at some of the big matches you need to pay attention to in the Eastern Conference that will have major effects on the Dynamo's playoff hopes and seeding.
Montreal Impact vs. New England Revolution (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.)
Montreal is now two points back of the Dynamo with two games in hand, which they make up on Saturday against New England and next Wednesday against the LA Galaxy. New England, meanwhile, is sitting on the outside of the playoffs spots with 42 points, three behind fifth place Philadelphia Union.
New England faces a tough task on the road, but they were seconds away from defeating first place New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena last week and Montreal is winless in their last four matches.
A draw or Montreal loss would be the ideal situation here, as the Dynamo are keen to holding onto the third spot or higher, meaning that they would bypass the 4 vs. 5 playoff match to begin the postseason. If New England wins out, the best they could do is draw level with the Dynamo on points.
D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union (Saturday, 6:00 p.m.)
Philadelphia, occupying the fifth and final playoff spot, are three points behind the Dynamo in third place and two points ahead of the Chicago Fire in sixth. They go on the road to last-place and U.S. Open champion D.C. United this weekend needing a win to ensure that they stay in playoff position at least for another week. A draw, and Chicago could leapfrog them above the red line. A loss, and both Chicago and New England would have the chance to push past the Union.
Clearly, the Dynamo would like D.C. to do the improbable and get a home win. The Black and Red played well in a 3-0 loss to the Fire last week, as odd as that may sound, and they did recently knock off Real Salt Lake in Utah to claim a championship trophy. The more points that teams below the Dynamo drop, the sooner the Dynamo can clinch a playoff spot and we can all breathe a little bit easier.
FC Dallas vs. Chicago Fire (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.)
It's the Brimstone Cup! Two heated rivals (sorry) do battle in one of the final non-conference matches of the season. Chicago is two points back of Philadelphia for the last playoff spot.
As much as it may burn (again, terribly sorry), Dynamo fans will want to root for FC Dallas in this one. Again, the Dynamo would like as much of a gap between them and the teams below them as possible. According to SportsClubsStats.com, a Fire win is the result this weekend that would most negatively impact the Dynamo's playoff chances.
New York and Sporting Kansas City both have the weekend off as well, so they have no impact on the standings until next weekend. The Dynamo can come out of this weekend either steady in third position, dropped to fourth or all the way down to the last playoff spot. Regardless, the Dynamo will be five points behind New York with two games left to play when they meet on Oct. 20.
Put on your orange and settle in, it's going to be a fun final few weeks.
Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis is back on the air tonight with a new episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College. The show will air on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM from 7-9 p.m.
Call in and give Glenn your thoughts on last night's draw with Sporting Kansas City, and what you think of the Dynamo's playoff hopes! Glenn will also have interviews with Dynamo players Giles Barnes and Warren Creavalle, head coach Dominic Kinnear and former Dynamo star Geoff Cameron.
Listen in as Glenn talks everything Dynamo!
The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.
The Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City will meet again in a potential playoff preview when the Eastern Conference foes clash on Wednesday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium. Both teams come into the game with the opportunity of sealing their berths in the MLS Cup Playoffs with a victory – and they’ve met in the postseason each of the last two years. The Dynamo sit in third in the East after their 1-0 home win vs. Montréal, four points behind Sporting, who are in second after kicking off their road swing with a 1-0 win at Columbus.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Brunner, Ashe; Driver, Creavalle, Clark, Davis ©; Barnes, Bruin
Subs: Deric, Weaver, Johnson, López, Chabala, Cummings, Carrasco
Sporting Kansas City: Nielsen ©; Myers, Collin, Opara, Sinovic; Rosell, Olum, Joseph; Sapong, Dwyer, Saad
Subs: Kronberg, Bessone, Gardner, Duke, Feilhaber, Peterson, Bunbury
Eddie Robinson and Dynamo TV prepare you for tonight's match against Sporting Kansas City (7:30 p.m. CT; TICKETS).
Relive all the action from the Dynamo's 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact on Oct. 4 with Dynamo Rewind from Dynamo TV.
The Dynamo are rounding into form at just the right time. Unbeaten in their last four MLS matches and taking 10 of a possible 12 points, Houston’s 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact vaulted them past the Canadian club and into third place in the conference. With a pivotal match set for this Wednesday against Sporting Kansas City (TICKETS) et’s take a look around the conference to see how the rest of the playoff race is shaping up.
Chicago went on the road and got the job done against cellar-dwelling D.C. United, thanks in large part to Sean Johnson’s nine saves. The Friday night win temporarily pushed the Fire into the fifth spot, but they would later be displaced as the weekend wore on.
Now in sixth with 43 points, Chicago has a roadtrip to FC Dallas this weekend before dates against Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls.
New York left this one until literally the last kick of the game, as Tim Cahill scored the game-tying header in the seventh minute of stoppage time, six minutes after Diego Fagundez scored what most thought would be the game winner.
With the draw, New York became the first team to clinch a spot in this year’s playoffs and still sit atop the standings with 53 points. The Red Bulls have the weekend off before visiting Houston on Oct. 20 (TICKETS).
New England, meanwhile, were passed up by both Chicago and the Philadelphia Union and sit in 7th place with 42 points. The Revs travel to Montreal this weekend before back-to-back games with the Columbus Crew to finish the season.
Sporting Kansas City continued their road success in Columbus, all the while dampening the Crew’s faint flicker of playoff hope.
After four wins in their previous five games, Columbus was keeping their name on the edge of playoff discussion. But the Crew now face elimination if both Montreal and Philadelphia win this weekend.
Kansas City will come into Houston this Wednesday knowing that a win clinches their passage into the playoffs. A draw coupled with a Chicago draw or loss would also secure that result. Sporting, who have won four of their last five, are four points ahead of the Dynamo in second place with matches against D.C. United and Philadelphia remaining after Wednesday’s match.
Philadelphia put themselves in playoff position after Kleberson’s free kick goal gave them a 1-0 win over Toronto FC. Their 45 points put them two ahead of Chicago and two behind the Dynamo. The Union face D.C. United this Saturday before a tough finish against Montreal and Sporting KC.
Wednesday night’s match is a big one for the Dynamo in terms of securing a spot in the playoffs and determining which spot that may be. The Dynamo can clinch if:
- They win against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday AND
- New England Revolution ties or loses vs. Montreal Impact on Saturday AND
- Chicago Fire lose vs. FC Dallas on Saturday
A win over Kansas City will also put the Dynamo on 50 points, giving them a chance to tie conference leaders New York when the teams meet on Oct. 20.
It’s a playoff atmosphere the rest of the way at BBVA Compass Stadium, you don’t want to miss it.