Dynamo travel to Utah for mid-week clash with RSL
Sandy, UT (Sports Network) - The Houston Dynamo travel to Utah to take on Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer action at Rio Tinto Stadium on Thursday night.
Both teams are coming off shutout wins in league action on Saturday, and are hoping to build on the efforts in mid-week action.
The Dynamo (4-3-1) will be playing their fourth game in 13 days, but are riding high after a 2-0 win at Chivas USA this past Saturday. The Dynamo jumped out to a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes before holding on for the important road victory.
"Great start to the game," Houston coach Dominic Kinnear said. "Two great passes of play, took advantage of a set piece, and then I hate to say we held on, but we did. I think we would've made it easier on ourselves if we could've moved the ball a little better and held the ball a little bit better, but they put a lot of pressure on us and were throwing guys forward, and we couldn't really play out of it. In the end, sometimes you've got to defend, and we did a lot of that. In the end, we're happy with the three points."
The victory was key because injuries and a compact schedule have been affecting the team early this season.
"We've been a bit of a roller coaster," Dynamo defender Craig Waibel said. "Injuries and schedule, there's absolutely no question that guys are stepping up. One of the things that happens, as you know, young teams are inconsistent. The big thing for us is to be consistent by the middle of the season. Let's not take three quarters of the season to try to learn how to play every game.
"Right now, we're still going up and down, but we're getting our feet under us. I think [Saturday] was a good example of some of the young boys starting to understand what possession is and what the value is. Obviously we bunkered in a little bit in the second half, but taking a lead on the road, that's what you do."
RSL (3-3-1) is coming off it's second straight win, 2-0 over the expansion Philadelphia Union at home. The current streak put an end to a four-game winless run in April. The team is currently in fourth in the Western table and hopes it can string together a couple more wins to get back into the thick of the conference race early on.
"It was another home game and a game we needed to get some points from to help us catch up to the pack, so we just wanted to come out and dominate the midfield," RSL captain Kyle Beckerman said of the win over Philadelphia. "I think we had the better of the first part [of the first half], but they had the play after that [through halftime]."
RSL could be without forwards Fabian Espindola and Robbie Findley, as well as midfielder Nelson Gonzalez because of injury knocks, with all three listed as questionable. Midfielder Ned Grabavoy is expected to play.
The Dynamo will be without midfielder Geoff Cameron, forward Cam Weaver, and defender Eddie Robinson, while forward Luis Angel Landin is not expected to be available, all because of injuries. Forward Brian Ching should make his return, however, from a hamstring injury suffered earlier this season.
05/12 17:34:51 ET