MLS Regular Season

Confidence game: Playoff chances come to an end for Houston Dynamo in autumn rain

Dynamo will be left on the outside looking in for just the second time come postseason
At a loss
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For the first time since 2010, and just the second time in club history, there will not be playoff soccer in Houston. Needing a result to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot, the Houston Dynamo fell 3-1 at the hands of D.C. United, ending their chances at another postseason run.

Match Recap: Houston Dynamo 1, D.C. United 3

Dynamo eliminated from playoff contention after loss at home to Eastern Conference leaders
Recap: Dynamo 1, D.C. 3
Match Recap
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HOUSTON – Thanks to goals from Taylor Kemp, Fabian Espindola and Eddie Johnson, D.C. United are are one step closer to a worst-to-first season in the Eastern Conference after claiming a 3-1 win over the Houston Dynamo on Sunday.

The win gives D.C., now 1-9-1 all-time in Houston, 56 points and puts them six points clear of the second-place New England Revolution. The defeat eliminated the Dynamo from playoff contention.

Preview: Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United

Dynamo face another must-win at home to keep pace in Eastern Conference playoff race
Preview: Dynamo vs. D.C.
Match Preview

THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United
Sunday, October 12, 2:00 p.m. CT
BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario

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David Horst, Eric Brunner, and Dominic Kinnear look at the keys to the game against D.C. United on Sunday.

With AJ Cochran suspended, Houston Dynamo's "revolving door" at center back spinning again

Cochran and Horst had performed well in recent weeks, but now Dynamo must look at options
Revolving door
Center backs
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The revolving door at center back for the Houston Dynamo will take another spin Sunday as the club heads into their next “biggest game of the year” without recent starter AJ Cochran.

Houston Dynamo kept themselves in playoff race, now can do more damage against D.C. United

Win in Toronto kept the Dynamo in the picture — a win against D.C. can move them to forefront
Staying alive
Dynamo vs. DC
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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

Maybe … just, maybe.

The Dynamo still have a lot of ground to make up in a short space of time, but are entering a two-game homestand with renewed hope after the defiant 1-0 win over Toronto FC on Wednesday that kept postseason ambitions alive and raised the stakes for this weekend’s clash.

Houston Dynamo bands together to claim three points after red card takes them down to 10 men

Dynamo were put in a corner after Cochran's ejection, but held strong to claim a crucial win
Seeing red
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The Houston Dynamo showed great resiliency after claiming a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC down a man, but the way they were put in that disadvantageous position was brought into question after the game.

Rookie center back AJ Cochran was shown a straight red card when he was whistled for bringing down Toronto FC forward Luke Moore in the box in the 55th minute. Moore broke into the box and past Cochran, who grabbed his jersey.

Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric the hero for 10-man Dynamo in huge win at Toronto: "He's a monster"

Deric's six-save performance — including one from the spot — keeps postseason dreams alive
Saved
Tyler Deric
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Tyler Deric has his signature moment.

After a bizarre three minutes ended with an AJ Cochran red card and Houston going down a man, Deric stoned the penalty kick of one of the league’s premier strikers, Jermain Defoe, before going on to make save after unbelievable save to preserve a critical 1-0 win for the 10-man Dynamo at Toronto FC. 

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