MLS Regular Season

Preview: Houston Dynamo at Philadelphia Union

Dynamo continue road swing trying to break losing streak against the Union
Preview: Dynamo at Philly
Match Preview

Houston Dynamo at Philadelphia Union
Saturday, April 19, 3:00 p.m. CT
PPL Park, Chester, PA

Four years after South Africa, Houston Dynamo's Ricardo Clark and Philadelphia Union's Maurice Edu reunite

After competing for spots at the 2010 World Cup, Clark and Edu battle once more in MLS
Clark vs. Edu
Clark vs. Edu

Four years ago, Maurice Edu and Ricardo Clark lined up next to each other on the same USMNT squad in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The pair battled for the same minutes in midfield and ultimately ended up sharing the load in then-U.S. head coach Bob Bradley’s midfield.

Houston Dynamo's up-and-down form early on is trend shared across Major League Soccer

As Dynamo look to rebound against the Union, no team has really pulled away in the standings
Momentum swings
Momentum swings

Even if they feel that recent results have not reflected performances, the bottom line is that the Dynamo visit the Philadelphia Union on Saturday (3 p.m. CT, CSN Plus) feeling the frustration of a three-match losing streak.

The hat-trick of defeats is a surprise after the Dynamo began the season with a pair of victories and because this is a veteran team that expects consistency and rarely experiences sustained disappointment.

18 April 9:27 am

Steph chats about the three-headed monster at centerback, AJ Cochran's debut and an update on Brad Davis.

Road result in Philadelphia could unleash a "waterfall" of confidence and wins for Houston Dynamo

Dynamo players say getting results on the road will factor in finding proper comfort levels
On the road again
Road results

For the Houston Dynamo, Saturday afternoon at PPL Park will be about them. The Philadelphia Union have their attention, yes, but in the midst of their first three-game losing streak since losing four straight in 2010, the Dynamo know the only way out is to turn their focus inwards.

That focus is what Houston is hoping provides them with something they have rarely felt early in 2014.

Gateway to MLS: Houston Dynamo defender AJ Cochran is the latest in a long line of St. Louis-area soccer products

Dynamo rookie follows the path of teammates Brad Davis, Will Bruin from St. Louis to Houston
Gateway to MLS
St. Louis ties

The nearest MLS club is 250 miles away but St Louis can still claim to be one of the most influential cities in American soccer.

Time to be greedy: Goal-shy Houston Dynamo adopt "shoot on sight" policy ahead of East swing

After zero shots on target vs. New England, Dynamo forward Barnes says team must let shots fly
Shoot on sight
Shoot on sight


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One of the main themes of Houston Dynamo trainings is the importance of putting opposing goalkeepers under pressure. Last week against the New England Revolution, the club failed to do that, putting zero shots on goal.

As they move forward to a pair of Northeast road battles vs. the Philadelphia Union on Saturday (3 p.m. CT, CSN Plu) and the New York Red Bulls on April 23, they are looking to rediscover that shooting touch.

The easiest way to do that is simple, according to forward Giles Barnes.

Tally Hall on Houston Dynamo losing streak: "There's a long list of reasons to be disappointed"

Dynamo stay even-keeled while fixing problems that have led to losing streak
No panic button
Panic button?

With a strong, experienced, and intact core the Houston Dynamo likely did not see themselves dealing with a three-game losing streak just a month-and-a-half into the season.

16 April 10:00 am

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.

Glenn has a packed lineup tonight, with Dynamo defender Corey Ashe, head coach Dominic Kinnear, Dash forward Stephanie Ochs and managing director Brian Ching. Call in and give Glenn your thoughts on the Dynamo, Dash and more.

The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.

Click here to listen to a live stream.

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