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Dynamo excel in creating, defending set piece opportunities

The Houston Dynamo have been scoring goals in bunches this year from a variety of scenarios, and their seven goals off of set pieces is tied for the league lead with Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

MLSsoccer.com's Ben Baer took a deeper dive into the set piece numbers, and found that both teams aren't just creating and scoring a bunch of chances – they're also among the best at defending set plays. The Dynamo have allowed three goals off of set pieces, and their expected goals value of 2.37 is second best in the league.

The Dynamo have an expected goals value of 4.36 on their offensive set pieces, meaning they would be expected to score 4.36 goals on average based on their quality of chances – fifth best in the league.

Averaging a set piece goal every other game like the Dynamo have this season is a big reason that they're second in the league with 27 goals and third in the Western Conference standings with a 7-6-2 record.