United-Dynamo Preview

The Associated Press

Mired in an eight-game winless streak, the Houston Dynamo appear set to unveil newcomers DaMarcus Beasley and Luis Garrido.

A former legend with the club has given a dangerous D.C. United player some motivation.

D.C. travels to Texas in search of a fifth straight win Sunday night, and United forward Eddie Johnson figures to have extra incentive to score in his fourth straight match.

Houston (5-11-4) has been outscored 21-6 in its 0-6-2 skid - the club's longest winless drought since going 0-6-4 from May 29-Aug. 10, 2010.

The Dynamo have made plenty of news since they drew 2-2 with Toronto FC on July 19 in their last match.

The biggest move was the July 23 addition of designated player Beasley, who will play an MLS match for the first time in 10 years. The United States national team member was with Chicago then before embarking on a career that included stops in the Netherlands, Scotland and most recently Mexico.

Beasley, who started all four matches for the U.S. and played all 390 minutes in Brazil, is the only American to play in four World Cups.

"I'm hungry for Sunday, I'm not even talking about the playoffs," the 32-year-old Beasley told the Dynamo's official website. "I'm talking about Sunday, getting my feet wet back in MLS, playing with these guys - I'm excited."

Garrido arrives on loan from Honduran club C.D. Olimpia. The defensive midfielder started twice for Honduras in the World Cup.

Those players could be called upon defensively to slow down Johnson, who scored one goal in his first 14 matches for D.C. (11-5-4) before his recent surge of one goal in three in a row.

Johnson signed as a DP with United before this season, and his play in 2014 drew some criticism from former Dynamo great Brian Ching - a former U.S. teammate.

"He is one of those guys that every time he is getting close to playing for a contract or proving himself, he goes out and he does his work and you're like, 'Wow, OK!'" Ching said. "But once he gets that contract or DP status, he tends to disappear a little bit."

Johnson, who contributed key goals during World Cup qualifying but failed to make the roster for Brazil, responded on Twitter that "They say how someone feel about you in the end comes out...brianching thanks for letting me know that you were jealous of me the whole time."

D.C. seeks its first five-game win streak since a six-game run Aug. 5-Sept. 1, 2007. The club didn't have much time to get ready after Wednesday's 3-0 home win over Toronto FC.

"The quick turnaround, going to Houston, will be tough, but we're going to be tested at some point with our depth," coach Ben Olsen said. "We're going to rely on guys in the next month or two that haven't seen a lot of minutes so that's a good thing."

Olsen's club is already without Fabian Espindola, who has team highs of seven goals and eight assists and is out with a knee injury. United have still totaled 10 goals in this win streak without the forward.

D.C. ended a three-game losing streak in the series with a 2-0 home victory May 21 on goals by Chris Rolfe and Espindola.