Dynamo-United Preview


After completing a solid homestand, the Houston Dynamo will be looking to improve on their disappointing road mark as they begin a stretch of three straight matches away from home.

Houston seeks a fourth consecutive victory over D.C. United as the clubs meet Wednesday night at RFK Stadium.

The Dynamo (5-5-2) took six of a possible nine points on their homestand after beating Los Angeles 1-0 on Saturday, as Giles Barnes scored on a nice setup from rookie Mark Sherrod.

Houston has won three of four overall following an 0-4-2 stretch.

"Really happy. Great three points, great bounce back from last week," coach Dominic Kinnear said. "... Love watching them win games, especially at home in front of a great crowd. To put the work in, like I said it was a great answer to walk off the field from last week."

The Dynamo also earned a shutout against Columbus to begin the homestand May 7, and now have five this season.

"Hopefully that's what we can keep doing is imposing our will on other team's offenses, and keep zeros in the back," defender David Horst said. "That's all we can do as a defense."

Houston has recorded four shutouts during a 6-0-1 stretch against United and has won the last two matchups in D.C. The Dynamo, though, are 1-3-1 on the road this season while being blanked three times.

D.C. (4-3-3) lost to Columbus in its home opener March 8, but it has gone 3-0-2 at RFK since after Saturday's 1-all draw with Montreal. Defender Bobby Boswell wasn't exactly excited about the result, though.

"I think any time we play at home we want to win, so it's pretty disappointing," Boswell said. "I don't think our start was too pleasing for ourselves. I think we had a sense of urgency in the second half."

Boswell will be facing his former team for the first time since being acquired in December. He spent the previous six seasons with Houston after three years with United to begin his MLS career.

"A lot of those guys I spent many seasons with and I love a lot of those guys off the field," Boswell said. "On the field, I'm here to do a job and so are they."

The Dynamo are without Brad Davis as he competes for a spot on the U.S. World Cup roster, but United forward Eddie Johnson was left off the 30-man list of invitees.

Johnson, who was disappointed by the snub, scored his first goal of the season Saturday.

"We're ecstatic that he got the goal," goalkeeper Bill Hamid said. "Even with all this publicity, he's able to keep his head down and came up with a quality finish. It's a good thing that we still have him. We are delighted to have him for the whole summer."

Both clubs will be coming off a quick turnaround after playing Saturday. D.C. then will play again this Saturday against New England, while Houston faces San Jose on Sunday.

"The turnaround is a lot faster," Boswell said. "It's an in-conference opponent that you want to take three points from, so it should be a good test for us."