The Houston Dynamo are seeking to move on from the end to the longest home unbeaten streak in MLS history. A visit from one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league could help them bounce back.
The Dynamo will try to extend the New England Revolution’s road winless streak to five games Saturday night.
Houston (6-3-2) hadn’t lost in 30 MLS home games—36 overall—until a 1-0 defeat to Sporting Kansas City on Sunday. The loss was also the club’s first in 28 games at BBVA Compass Stadium, which opened May 12, 2012.
“We didn’t want the streak to break, but we have to put games behind us once we’ve played them,” defender Jermaine Taylor told the team’s official website. “It was a good run, but we have to move forward.”
Houston, 4-1-1 at home this season, will try to do that by capitalizing on the Revolution’s offensive woes. New England (2-4-4) has scored six goals, tied for the second fewest in MLS, and has found the net once while going 0-2-2 in its last four road games.
Diego Fagundez scored in the 54th minute last Saturday against New York, but the Revolution’s lead didn’t last long. New England, 0-1-2 in its last three overall contests, gave up the tying goal in the 55th minute in a 1-all draw.
“We’re disappointed about the (two-game) homestand because (in) both games we scored first and should have come away with more,” coach Jay Heaps said. “(We should have had) at least a win in one of those two matches. It’s disappointing in that regard.
“We’ll learn from it. We use it as some material to get better on. It’s Houston now. … We’re excited about the challenge.”
The Revolution might get some help in that test with Juan Agudelo potentially making his team debut.
Agudelo, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury, was acquired from Chivas USA on May 7. The 20-year-old striker scored 11 goals in 59 games with Chivas and New York.
The Dynamo are 2-0-2 in their last four games against New England after losing a series-worst three in a row. Houston has earned both of those wins in the past two visits from the Revolution, recording a shutout in each game.
The Dynamo won 2-0 at home in the most recent meeting Sept. 29 as Ricardo Clark and Boniek Garcia scored in the final 17 minutes.