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After snapping their two-game losing streak on the road, the Houston Dynamo look to make more history back on their home turf while keeping pace atop the Eastern Conference standings.

Having already set the MLS record for the longest home unbeaten streak in all competitions, Houston can set the league mark for consecutive regular-season home games without a loss on Sunday when it hosts the short-handed Colorado Rapids.

While they've been dominant at home, the Dynamo (4-2-1) earned their first road point in dramatic fashion last Saturday when Warren Creavalle scored on a header off a corner kick late in second-half stoppage time to force a 1-all draw at Toronto FC.

Houston returns to BBVA Compass Stadium for its only meeting with the Rapids (2-4-2), who are tied for seventh in the West with eight points.

The Dynamo have won four straight at home this season to extend their MLS-record unbeaten streak in all competitions to 35 dating back their last home loss on June 18, 2011.

They've also gone 21-0-8 over their last 29 regular-season home games while outscoring opponents 56-22. Real Salt Lake also went 29 home games without a loss from 2009-11, but Houston will own the record with a win on Sunday.

That may prove a difficult task against a Colorado team that has outscored Houston 10-3 over a six-game undefeated streak (4-0-2). The Dynamo, who haven't won in this series since 2009, lost 2-0 in the regular season finale in Colorado last season.

The Rapids, though, have struggled on the road with a 3-15-2 record over their last 20 matches. This match opens a stretch with three of the next four away from Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

"We have to go in with the belief that we can get three points. We don't go on the road with the belief that we are just going to hang in there or get a point," said defender Drew Moor.

After a 0-3-2 start, Colorado had its two-game winning streak stopped in a 1-0 home loss to previously-winless Seattle last Saturday.

Goalie Clint Irwin has played well for the Rapids, allowing just one goal with seven saves over his last three matches.

The banged-up Rapids hope to get some of their key players back after leading goal-scorer Deshorn Brown (thigh) and striker Edson Buddle (right knee) missed the last match, and center back Marvell Wynne (quad strain) went down in the second half.

"I haven't seen this many missing people with injuries. Seriously, it's unbelievable. I had to check to see if I had seen it before - I have not, not that I remember," head coach Oscar Pareja said.

Buddle, who has scored three goals in his last three games against the Dynamo, is uncertain for this contest, while Brown believes he may be able to return.

Pareja has confirmed midfielders Pablo Mastroeni and Martin Rivero are available for this match.

That could provide a much-needed spark for an attack that has scored only six goals and has been shut out three times.

Houston enters this contest with its own injury concerns, but Adam Moffat (hamstring), Brad Davis (groin) and Boniek Garcia (Achilles) have been able to take part in workouts.

The Dynamo, though, will be without one of their top players on the back line. Jermaine Taylor will miss the contest after receiving a red card in last weekend's match.

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