MLS Regular Season
One year after ending DC United's season, Houston Dynamo face motivated side in all-important finale
Eleven months ago, the Houston Dynamo took center stage at RFK Stadium and celebrated an Eastern Conference Championship and, by extension, ended D.C. United’s season. As the club ventures back to RFK on Sunday with their playoff lives on the line (12:30 p.m. CT; NBC), they know the team lining up across from them would like nothing more than to return the favor.
One thing is for sure—if the Dynamo lose on Sunday in their regular season finale, they are done for the year. But beyond that, there are enough permutations to give a math professor a headache. While Houston need to take care of business at RFK Stadium, they are also relying on a little help from others to make the playoffs. Here's our guide to the matches that matter.
D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo, 12:30 p.m. Sunday (NBC)
Do or die match against Árabe Unido prepares Houston Dynamo for similar situation against D.C. United
A century ago the United States completed the Panama Canal, a miracle of engineering that is still one of the most important shipping lanes in the world.
Tonight the Dynamo play the club from the city at the canal's northern entrance. Like the vessels just a couple of miles from Colon, the team is seeking safe passage, a straightforward way through on a long and difficult journey.
Steph is back to preview a "Do or Die-namo" week for our MLS Cup Playoffs and CONCACAF Champions League hopes. Cameos include Darth Vader and Van Halen's "Panama".
As the 2013 MLS regular season draws to a close, look back with Dynamo TV at some of the best moments of this year. Of course, we're waiting to add some more playoff memories to this in the next few weeks.
Houston Dynamo forced to rely on others with playoff berth in balance: "We still have a fighting chance"
As much as they’d rather stand on their own two feet, the Houston Dynamo need help.
After dropping a 3-0 result to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, the Dynamo’s playoff fate is no longer in their own hands, meaning that they could still miss the playoffs even with a win next Sunday in D.C.
Tune in to ESPN 97.5 FM tonight for a new episode of Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis! Glenn will cover the Dynamo's playoff and CCL situation, UEFA Champions League and more!
Tune in and give Glenn a call with your thoughts!
Tonight's episode airs from 7-9 p.m. and can be heard on the radio on 97.5 FM or online at www.espn975.com.
The call-in number for the show is 713-780-3776.
We all know what happened this weekend. The Dynamo lost, and pretty much everyone else won. We won't rehash that. You're here for "how do the Dynamo get into the playoffs," and that's just what you'll get. First, the games that matter this weekend (in chronological order; all times CT):
Houston Dynamo fans honor retiring forward Brian Ching during his final regular season home match with a card stunt during the 25th minute of the Dynamo's match vs. the New York Red Bulls on Oct. 20, 2013.
For more information on Ching's career, retirement and testimonial match coming at the end of this season, click here.