MLS Regular Season
The Houston Dynamo climbed to second place in the Eastern Conference and closed the regular season on a six-game unbeaten streak with a 3-1 win over the Supporters’ Shield-winning LA Galaxy on Sunday night at Robertson Stadium before a near-capacity crowd of 30,018, sixth in Dynamo history at Robertson Stadium.
The Houston Dynamo clinched second place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-1 victory over a reserve-laden LA Galaxy lineup in the final MLS regular-season game of 2011 in front of 30,018 fans at Robertson Stadium on Sunday night.
The Dynamo play the final game of the entire MLS regular season Sunday night when they host the LA Galaxy at Robertson Stadium, and teams around the league will be watching to learn their playoff fates. The Dynamo will decide their own playoff matchup, however, and can avoid the wildcard round with a win.
Below are the three remaining playoff scenarios for the Dynamo:
Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy
Sunday, October 23, 6 p.m. CT
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX
All-time series: Galaxy lead 8-4-4 (6-4-4 regular season)
Stadium gates open 4:30 p.m.
5,000 Dynamo scarves, courtesy of Greenstar Recycling
Collector's edition Dynamo Stadium magazine
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The Houston Dynamo know what is in front of them Sunday evening when they host the LA Galaxy at 6 p.m. at Robertson Stadium.
With the Philadelphia Union losing Thursday night to the New York Red Bulls, Houston is a win away from nabbing a secure spot in the conference semifinals and avoiding a wildcard game.
While winning will grant Houston passage to the conference semifinal round, the real reward could be gaining continued traction heading into the playoffs. The Dynamo believe they know just how important it is to have momentum heading into the postseason.
Amid the excitement of an impending playoffs and a new stadium progressing at light speed, the Houston Dynamo’s final home regular season home game at Robertson Stadium is upon them. And it’s a home that, while not the most modern of abodes, is where the Dynamo established their club as a permanent part of the Houston sports landscape.
After a weekend that saw the club notch an impressive 2-0 road victory against the Portland Timbers and then watch three results go their way, the Dynamo know they are going to the playoffs.
But that’s all they know at this point. Depending on how things play out in games between New York and Philadelphia, Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United, and Chicago and Columbus, the Dynamo could finish anywhere from first in the Eastern Conference to last in the wildcard standings.
It turns out the Houston Dynamo have been saving their best for last in regards to their road form.
Friday night's 2-0 win against Portland felt like it clinched a playoff spot for the Dynamo, but there was still plenty of math, tiebreakers, and scenarios separating Houston from officially being in the postseason.
The Houston Dynamo clinched a return to the MLS Cup Playoffs on Saturday after other results around the league, coupled with the Dynamo’s 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers on Friday night, officially sealed a postseason berth. Houston will play in the postseason for the fifth time in the club’s six-year history; the Dynamo have won two MLS Cup championships (2006, 2007) and played in three conference championship games (2006, 2007, 2009).