MLS Regular Season
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).
The Houston Dynamo moved into second place in the Eastern Conference and opened up a six-point gap in the race for a playoff spot with a 2-0 road win over the Portland Timbers Friday night at a sold-out JELD-WEN Field. Although Houston cannot mathematically clinch a playoff spot this weekend, the Dynamo now lead Portland by six points and D.C. United by eight points as Houston tries to reach the postseason for the fifth time in the club’s six-year history.
Houston Dynamo defender Andre Hainault made a difficult decision last week to turn down a Canadian national team call-up to focus on his club’s playoff chase. The decision paid off Friday night, as Hainault scored a pivotal 36th-minute goal to give Houston a crucial advantage in a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers. It’s a win that could well have booked the club’s passage to the MLS Cup Playoffs.
The Houston Dynamo climbed a rung up the playoff ladder with a hard-fought 2-0 road win Friday night against the Portland Timbers. In the process, they dealt a major blow to Portland, which had been nipping at Houston’s heels in the postseason race.
For at least one night, the Dynamo jumped over New York, Columbus, and Kansas City into second place in the Eastern Conference with 46 points from 33 games. Portland, meanwhile, remains on the outside looking in with 40 points from its 32 contests.
Houston Dynamo at Portland Timbers
Friday, October 14, 9:30 p.m. CT
JELD-WEN Field, Portland, OR
All-time series: Houston leads 1-0
SportsTalk 790 - 9 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 9 p.m.
KHOU 11.2 - 9:30 p.m. (Dynamo Weekly on KHOU 11.2 from 9-9:30 p.m.)
FS Houston Plus - 9:30 p.m.
TV Azteca-51 - 8:30 a.m. (Sunday morning)