The Houston Dynamo are 90 minutes away from matching one of the most impressive streaks in MLS history. But to do so, they'll have to fend off the San Jose Earthquakes and one of the league's most feared scorers - former Dynamo striker Chris Wondolowski.
Houston will host San Jose on Saturday night looking to extend its home unbeaten streak in all competitions to 34 matches.
The Dynamo (2-1-0), who are trying to tie the all-time mark set by Real Salt Lake from June 6, 2009-May 14, 2011, haven't lost at home since a 2-0 defeat to Columbus on June 18, 2011. Both their wins this season came in the confines of BBVA Compass Stadium, including a 2-1 victory over Vancouver last Saturday.
"Our home is a fortress so we always have a little bit of an extra lift, kind of like a 12th man," forward Giles Barnes told the team's official website.
Looking to put the brakes on Houston's streak will be San Jose (2-1-1), led Wondolowski, who played for Houston from 2006-09 before being traded to the Earthquakes. He is fresh off an MVP season with a league record-tying 27 goals.
He notched his second of 2013 in a 1-0 home win over Seattle last Saturday, drilling the ball into the net off the far post on a shot from outside the box.
"He had some great chances and he finished the hardest one of all of them," coach Frank Yallop told the team's official website. "That is what I like about Chris. He never hangs his head and he keeps pushing, looking for opportunities even if he has missed some earlier in the game."
Wondolowski has scored against every MLS team except for Houston. He is scoreless with 12 shots - four on goal - in four career starts against the Dynamo.
"We're pretty familiar with him, some of us have played with him," said defender Bobby Boswell, who played two seasons with Wondolowski in Houston. "He's a busybody, man, he's all over the field. He never stops. Great engine and he's become a (heck) of a finisher in terms of any half-chance he scores. He's been a little unlucky, happily for us, bad for him, against us."
Houston has taken three of the teams' last four meetings, shutting San Jose twice over that span. The Dynamo are also 3-0-1 all-time at home against the Earthquakes, the only loss a 2-1 defeat on Sept. 5, 2010.