071320 Dynamo Starting XI Group Shot

Starting XI Notes | HOU v LAFC

DYNAMO STARTING XI (4-3-3):     

  • Marko Marić; Adam Lundkvist, Maynor Figueroa, Kiki StrunaZarek ValentinMatias Vera; Memo RodriguezBoniek García ©; Darwin Quintero, Mauro Manotas, Alberth Elis    

   

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:    

  • GK Marko Marić will earn his third start for the Dynamo and can earn his first clean sheet for the club.  

  • Maric will honor Blagica Karacic tonight on his jersey as part of the MLS Unites jersey patch initiative. Blagica Karacic is Maric’s grandmother who passed away this spring at the beginning of the pandemic.  

  • DF Adam Lundkvist will earn his 41st start in league play and make his 47th appearance for the Dynamo. 

  • Lundkvist will wear Respect and Equality on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening.  

  • DF Maynor Figueroa will make his 108th appearance in league play and 28th for the Dynamo.   

  • Figueroa will wear Isaias 26:20 and Rafael Figueroa, his father who passed away in 2019, on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. 

  • DF Kiki Struna will earn his 32nd start for the Dynamo in MLS play.  

  • Struna will honor healthcare professionals on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. He will also have a patch for his son, Leo, who was born during the pandemic.    

  • DF Zarek Valentin will earn his third start for the Dynamo and will play in his 135th career MLS regular-season match.   

  • Valentin will honor his grandmother on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. The defender also wrote “Listen, Reflect, Act” on his MLS Unites jersey patch. 

  • MF Matías Vera will make his 33rd start for the Dynamo.  

  • Vera will honor Rosa Rivero and Christian Bovero on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. These are his grandmothers who remain in Argentina as the South American country navigates the pandemic.  

  • MF Boniek García will make his 204th league appearance this evening and earn his 170th start for the Dynamo.   

  • Garcia will play in his 13th consecutive Dynamo game going back to the 2019 season, the longest streak among players taking the pitch today. 

  • García needs one assist to reach 40 in his MLS career. 

  • Garcia will honor his sister, Lucy Ramirez, who passed away 18 years ago on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. The Honduran international will also send well wishes to his native land with Pray for Honduras written on his patch.  

  • MF Memo Rodriguez will make his 57th appearance for the Dynamo in league play.  

  • Rodriguez will honor the memory of Vanessa Guillen and the BLM movement on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening.  

  • FW Mauro Manotas will earn his 131st appearance for the club in league play.  

  • Manotas can reach 50 goals in league play and tie Will Bruin for second most goals scored in league play for Houston with his next goal.  

  • Manotas could record his ninth career multi-goal game, which would set a new record for the most multi-goal games in club history.    

  • Manotas will honor his grandfather, Pedro Manotas, who passed away due to natural cuases in January on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. 

  • FW Darwin Quintero will make his first start for the Dynamo today and earn his 59th league appearance.  

  • Quintero made his Dynamo debut as a second half substitute on March 7 vs. Sporting Kansas City.  

  • Quintero wrote #Respect on his MLS Unites jersey patch to address social justice.  

  • FW Alberth Elis will make his season debut today and earn his 68th start for the Dynamo.  

  • Elis will earn his 83rd appearance in league play today.  

  • Elis is focusing on the BLM movement and his homeland for his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. 

    

SUBSTITUTES:    

  • GK Cody Cropper can make his Dynamo debut if he enters the game today. 

  • Cropper will honor his grandmother, Dorthy Cropper, on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. 

  • DF Sam Junqua will make his Dynamo debut in league play today if he enters the match.  

  • Junqua will honor Lisa Pmeroy, a pediatric nurse, and Jessica Shannon, a pediatric chaplain, on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. 

  • MF Tomas Martinez can make his 77th league appearance if he enters the game today.  

  • Martinez will honor his aunt, Aldana Naredo, on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. 

  • DF Victor Cabrera can make his Dynamo debut today if he comes off the bench.  

  • Cabrera earned his last appearance on Oct. 10, 2019 in a 3-0 Montreal victory over the New York Red Bulls. The defender can earn his 94th league appearance if he enters the game today. 

  • Cabrera will honor Vanessa Vairo and Betty De Los Santos on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. Vairo is Cabrera’s mother-in-law who is currently battling colon cancer.  

  • MF Nico Lemoine can make his Dynamo and MLS debut if he enters the game today. The Academy product earned 19 appearances with the Rio Grande Valley Toros last season in the USL Championship.  

  • Lemoine will honor his uncle, Erik Lemoine, on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. Lemoine’s uncle passed away from skin cancer prior to the pandemic.  

  • DF Jose Bizama can earn his sixth appearance for the Dynamo if he enters the game today.  

  • Bizama will honor Orlanda Pereira, his grandmother, on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. Periera passed away prior to Bizama’s arrival to Houston, but her impact has followed the outside back and shaped his view on life.  

  • DF Kyle Adams can make his Dynamo debut today if he enters the match. Adams joined the Dynamo after serving as the captain of RGV FC and earning 52 appearances in two seasons with the Toros. 

  • Adams will honor Danyelle Rai and Breonna Taylor on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening.  

  • DF Erik McCue will make his Dynamo debut if he enters the game today and be the youngest player to see the field for the club at 19 years, five months and 26 days old.  

  • McCue will raise awareness for the BLM movement on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. 

  • DF Alejandro Fuenmayor can make his 31st appearance for the Dynamo if he enters the game today.   

  • Fuenmayor will honor his grandfather, Carlos, on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. Fuenmayor’s grandgather passed away from a brain tumor. 

  • MF Tommy McNamara can earn his 128th appearance in league play and 36th for the Dynamo today.  

  • McNamara will honor George Longoria on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. Longoria was a member of the Five Star security personnel seen at BBVA Stadium for Dynamo, Dash and BBVA Stadium events.  

  • MF Darwin Cerén can make his 114th appearance in league play and 39th match for the Dynamo if he comes off the bench today.   

  • Ceren will honor the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. 

  • FW Niko Hansen can earn his 51st appearance in league play and sixth for the Dynamo if he comes off the bench today.     

  • Hansen will honor Muhammad Muhaymin Jr. and Amiya Braxton on his MLS Unites jersey patch this evening. Muhaymin Jr. Passed away in 2017 in the custody of Phoenix police. Baxton was killed after exiting a school bus in Mississippi.