Whitecaps FC-Dynamo Preview

The Vancouver Whitecaps have an opportunity for the best start

in their brief history, but they’ll have to visit a stadium where

so far no opponent has left victorious.

As they seek to improve to 3-0-0, the Whitecaps have the arduous

task of trying to snap the Houston Dynamo’s impressive home

unbeaten streak Saturday night.

Vancouver has won back-to-back games for the second straight

season but has yet to play on the road. The Whitecaps (2-0-0) were

3-11-4 away from home in 2012, their second MLS campaign, and went

winless over their final 10 games (0-8-2) there.

A trip to Houston doesn’t seem like an ideal way to end that

skid, as the Dynamo are 14-0-6 in league play at BBVA Compass

Stadium since it opened in May. They’re also unbeaten in 26

straight MLS home games, three shy of matching the league record,

and are 23-0-9 in their last 32 matches across all

competitions.

“All good things must come to an end so hopefully we have the

chance to end that streak,” Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks said.

“Of course, we respect what they’ve done but I think we’re ready to

go.”

Vancouver will get the benefit of having two weeks off before

making the trip that starts a three-game road stretch.

“I think we’re definitely ready because we had a free week.

Everybody’s itching to get back out there and play a game,” coach

Martin Rennie said. “At some point, there going to lose at home. We

have to make absolutely sure that we’re prepared and ready to be

the team that does that.”

Rennie’s club has posted two one-goal wins and topped Columbus

2-1 on March 9 as Kenny Miller broke the tie early in the second

half. Miller won’t play in this game as he’s with the Scottish

national club for World Cup qualifying.

Houston (1-1-0) missed its chance for back-to-back wins Sunday

when it allowed rival FC Dallas to score in the 90th minute of a

3-2 loss.

That came after the Dynamo rallied from a 2-0 deficit on goals

from Andrew Driver and Brad Davis in the final 11 minutes before

stoppage time.

“We know what we have to do. We’re strong at home. We’ve got to

work hard and maybe clean things up a little bit,” midfielder Adam

Moffat told the team’s website.

Houston, though, won’t have Davis, Jermaine Taylor or Boniek

Garcia for this game because all three are on international duty

for the U.S., Jamaica and Honduras, respectively. The Dynamo will

likely have to rely on Driver, Eric Brunner and Omar Cummings to

help fill their roles.

Houston has lost two of three in the all-time series with

Vancouver, and Mattocks scored twice in a 3-1 home victory June

10.

Vancouver fell 3-1 in its only other visit to Houston on April

10, 2011. The Dynamo won 2-0 over D.C. United on March 2 in their

only league home game this season and beat Mexican club Santos

Laguna 1-0 in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League

quarterfinal series three days later.