Having finally snapped their lengthy winless and scoreless droughts, the Houston Dynamo may have a difficult time building on their first victory in eight MLS matches.
The Dynamo look for their first road win in more than two months Saturday night when they take on a New England Revolution team that hasn't lost at Gillette Stadium over that same period.
Midfielder Ricardo Clark scored Houston's first goal in five matches across all competitions last Saturday, giving the Dynamo (7-6-5) a 1-0 home victory over Philadelphia that ended a seven-game league winless streak.
Houston hadn't won in MLS play since a 4-0 victory at D.C. United on May 8.
The Dynamo are hoping Clark's tally - which ended a franchise-record 388-minute scoreless streak - can spark what has been a sluggish attack. After totaling 17 goals during a 6-2-2 start, they've scored three while getting shut out five times in their last eight league games.
Houston will try to generate more scoring opportunities against New England (6-5-6), which has allowed a league-low 14 goals.
The Revolution have outscored opponents 14-3 while going 4-0-2 at home across all competitions since May 8.
"Playing against them at home is going to be a tough game," Dynamo defender Jermaine Taylor told the team's official website. "One of the things I'm looking for this week is goals because we've been doing a lot of striking. We're getting chances. One day it's going to come because we have good strikers that can put the ball in the back of the net."
The Revolution, however, haven't given up an MLS goal at home in the last 395 minutes. They recorded their fourth consecutive shutout at Gillette Stadium and ended a three-game winless streak overall with a 2-0 victory over San Jose last Saturday.
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth, tied for the league lead after posting his eighth shutout, has allowed four goals in eight home games.
"It's not any different on the road or at home in terms of our preparation, but there's a good feel," Revolution coach Jay Heaps said. "I think there's a good chemistry going on right now with our back line when we get the four guys that have been playing a lot together with Jose (Goncalves) and Stephen (McCarthy) in the middle working together. And of course, I think Bobby is positioning and communicating well."
Forwards Saer Sene and Dimitry Imbongo each scored their second goals Saturday, with midfielder Lee Nguyen assisting on both. Sene also scored twice in a 2-all draw with Houston in the last meeting at Gillette Stadium on May 19, 2012.
Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo provided the goals, while Shuttleworth earned the shutout in New England's 2-0 win in a physical battle at Houston on May 18.
Fagundez hasn't scored in four matches after a four-game goal streak, while Agudelo has missed the last two contests with a right knee sprain.
The Dynamo could again be without Will Bruin (international duties) and Brad Davis (hamstring injury), who have combined for seven of the team's 20 goals.
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