Just two weeks ago, the Houston Dynamo were riding the longest home unbeaten streak in league history.
Not only is that over, but the opponent which ended it now has a chance to deal the Dynamo their longest losing streak in nearly three years.
They’ll go on the road Sunday looking to avoid a third straight loss overall and second in two weeks to Sporting Kansas City.
Houston had gone an MLS-record 36 consecutive home games without a loss before falling 1-0 to Kansas City on May 12 on Aurelien Collin’s goal in the 73rd minute.
“I think Sunday’s going to be really heated because they ended our streak and the way everything happened,” Dynamo defender Corey Ashe told the team’s official website.
Sporting KC had plenty of motivation heading into that first matchup after being eliminated from the playoffs by Houston each of the last two years.
“To meet that early and have that much tension towards each other, it’s good. It’s healthy,” Ashe said. “There’s no malice about it, but I think come Sunday there’s going to be a lot of tough tackles.”
The Dynamo (6-4-2) followed that game with a 2-0 home loss to New England last Saturday, the shutout coming despite a season-high 20 shots. An own goal in the 84th minute contributed to their first set of consecutive losses since April 28 and May 9 of last year.
The team hasn’t dropped three in a row since a four-match losing streak Aug. 28-Sept. 22, 2010.
“When you lose two games at home, these are bad things, but we still are a very good team,” goalkeeper Tally Hall. “We still have some of the best talent in the league and as a team, when we play well together we are the best team in the league.”
Sporting KC (6-4-3) followed its win in Houston with a 1-all draw at D.C last Sunday. Those results followed a 1-2-0 homestand in which the club allowed four goals after not surrendering one during a 2-0-1 start at home.
As his club looks to get back on track at Sporting Park - where it lost three matches all of last season - coach Peter Vermes didn’t sound too worried about any extra motivation Houston may have.
“(Dynamo coach) Dominic Kinnear always has the team ready. So I don’t know how much more ready he can have the team,” Vermes said. “Do they maybe have a little bit of extra zest in them based on what happened at their place? Maybe. But I don’t think that’s going to change the game that much.”
Houston’s back line will be a little shorthanded with Bobby Boswell beginning a two-match suspension after being sent off against New England. Fellow defender Jermaine Taylor is listed as questionable with a left shoulder injury.
Houston holds a 9-5-6 edge in this all-time series, but Sporting KC has won 1-0 games in the last two meetings with Seth Sinovic tallying a goal and an assist.
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