Three Points: Houston Dynamo Travel to Twin Cities for Inaugural Visit to Allianz Field
HOUSTON - The Houston Dynamo will make their inaugural visit to Allianz Field on Saturday evening as they face Minnesota United FC for the first time this season (7:00 p.m. CDT | KUBE 57 | TelExitos 47.2).
Houston heads to Minnesota on a two-game unbeaten run and fully rested, while the Loons will be playing on short rest after hosting Hertha Berlin of the German Bundesliga on Wednesday night. The Dynamo will be without star forward Alberth Elis, who is set to miss Saturday's match after suffering a concussion early in Houston's match with D.C. United last weekend.
The Dynamo are off to a 7-2-2 record to start the season to sit third in the MLS Western Conference, and their 2.09 points-per-game average is second among all MLS clubs through the first three months of the year.
Houston Dynamo (7-2-2; 23 pts.) vs. Minnesota United FC (5-4-3; 18 pts.)
Saturday, May 25 - 7:00 p.m. CDT
KUBE 57 - Glenn Davis, Eddie Robinson
TelExitos 47.2 - Alex Parra, Enrique Vasquez
Univision Radio 1010 AM - Daniel Mejia & Lester Gretsch
Here are three key points ahead of Saturday night's game:
1. ATTACKING TRIO- The Houston Dynamo will not lack for scoring options on Saturday as forwards Mauro Manotas, Memo Rodriguez and Romell Quioto are likely to take the pitch at Allianz Field. A Dynamo Academy product, Rodriguez is enjoying a breakout year, with five goals and two assists in just 616 minutes, while Quioto is rounding back into form after missing nearly two months with a knee injury suffered on international duty for Honduras. With six goals in first 11 outings in all competitions this season, Manotas continues his ascent up the club's all-time scoring list. Six goals so far this season him gives him 41 in league play, moving him into a tie for third in club history with Brad Davis, who scored 41 goals in 271 appearances.
2. CHASING 200 - Dynamo captain DaMarcus Beasley will look to make his 200th MLS league start on Saturday. The only American man to compete in four World Cups announced on Monday that this season, his 20th, will be his last as a professional. The Dynamo captain addressed media on Wednesday to reflect on a career with 17 professional trophies and countless memories from his time in MLS, Europe, Mexico and with the U.S. Men's National Team.
3. DEFENSIVE CHEMISTRY- One of the reasons that the Dynamo are off to the strongest start in club history is the improved play of the defensive group, and a significant part of that improvement is consistency along the back line. A year ago, the Dynamo had used six different combinations of goalkeepers and defenders; through 11 games this year, the club has used five. At center back, the Dynamo used 11 different combos last season, but have only used four so far this year. Left back Adam Lundkvist and right back A.J.DeLaGarza have each started 10 out of Houston's 11 games, while center backs Maynor Figueroa and Kiki Struna have each started nine of 11. Goalkeeper Joe Willis has started every match so far this season. As a result of this stability, the Dynamo have given up 12 goals through 11 games, an average of 1.09 per match and down from the average of 1.72 goals allowed per match in 2018.
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