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Houston tries to build momentum against San Jose

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The playoff hopes of the Houston Dynamo continue to slip away as the club gets set to host the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday at Robertson Stadium.

Houston snapped a 10-game winless skid with a 4-3 win over the Chicago Fire, but the team suffered a 3-0 defeat against the Colorado Rapids last time out, thwarting any momentum they might have taken from the Chicago win.

"It is just the way the season's going, and we have to try and get some momentum back," Houston's Geoff Cameron told mlssoccer.com. "It was a disappointing result, especially with us thinking we could go there and get three points."

The Dynamo must now start to string a few wins together to get back into playoff contention, but they will be missing midfielder Lovel Palmer due to international duty with Jamaica, while forward Brian Ching suffered a calf injury in last weekend's game and could also miss the match.

San Jose will be without a few key players of its own as the team's leader in assists, Bobby Convey, serves a one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation, while forward Ryan Johnson is away on international duty.

However, there is good news for coach Frank Yallop as he gets back defender Jason Hernandez from suspension, while Arturo Alvarez will be available despite getting called up to the El Salvador national team for a friendly on Tuesday.

Earthquakes Designated Player Geovanni could also find himself getting increased playing time as he continues to build fitness.

San Jose had a modest two-game winning streak snapped by Red Bull New York last time out, but they are only three points back of fourth-place Seattle in the Western Conference with two less games played, so a playoff berth is well within reach.

09/03 17:12:24 ET