The Houston Dynamo close out their season series against the San Jose Earthquakes this Friday night in front of a national television audience on UniMás at 10 p.m. CT.
The Dynamo will look to even the three-game series in San Jose after grabbing a 1-1 draw in Houston on July 31 and falling 3-1 at Avaya Stadium on May 11.
The Quakes (7-6-10, 31 points) are coming off of a 2-1 win in Vancouver last Friday night, continuing a run of five games unbeaten in MLS with two wins and three draws. Forward Chris Wondolowski is on the verge of his seventh consecutive season with double-digit goals, as he leads the team with nine. Midfielder Shea Salinas has operated mainly as a substitute this season but leads the Quakes with four assists.
“I feel like all the things we talked about before showed in the game (on July 31), so it just reinforces that," Barrett said of the San Jose team. "I think we’ve addressed what a lot of those things are. They’re good at those things – Wondo does a good job finding space. Those guys on the outside make good runs. [Simon] Dawkins does a good job, he drives to the line and [Alberto] Quintero makes good runs.”
Speaking on Wondolowski's game-tying goal in Houston, Barrett said: “Wondo has made a career of those kind of plays. It’s not anything that’s so dynamic. He keeps his feet moving. It’s a little thing, but I tell you what, there’s not enough players that do that, and the ones that do are special. Just when you think you have a handle of where they are, they make two or three steps or movement and they’re in the right spot, ready to react to a ball first. Wondo probably does that better than anybody in the league, and it shows, that’s why he has the goals that he does.”