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Houston Dynamo take on San Jose Earthquakes and former head coach Dominic Kinnear

The Houston Dynamo travel to the West Coast for their first midweek match of 2016, taking on the San Jose Earthquakes and former head coach Dominic Kinnear.

The Quakes (4-3-3, 15 points) are coming off a 2-0 loss in Seattle to the Sounders on Saturday night. Forward Chris Wondolowski, who has seven of San Jose's 12 goals this year, missed a penalty in what was otherwise a strong showing from the Earthquakes. They return to Avaya Stadium, where all four of their wins this year have come (4-0-1 at home). Conversely, the stadium is also the location of the Dynamo's last road victory, a 2-0 win in July 2015.

Here's what Owen Coyle had to say about the side: "They’re a good side, hard-working and have good players, including Wondolowski, [Quincy] Amarikwa, who has been a handful, Simon Dawkins, who is a DP (Designated Player). They’ve brought one or two others in as well and looked to bolster each department of the field. [Anibal] Godoy came in last summer and Innocent (a forward and Designated Player) is back fit as well.

"They have good depth of roster as well and it is always a tough time with San Jose. We played them three times last year, with two victories, and the one loss. We go there having won there on the road last year confident that if we are at our best we are capable of getting points on the road."