Dynamo-Earthquakes Preview

After the first winless May in club history, the Houston Dynamo

are hoping June brings better results.

Seeking their first victory in seven games, the Dynamo visit the

San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

Houston (3-4-6), which went undefeated in April, rallied to tie

FC Dallas 2-2 last Saturday but finished May with an 0-3-3 record,

going the entire month without a victory for the first time.

“We don’t look at things by months or quarters,” defender Bobby

Boswell told the Dynamo’s official website. “We look at things week

to week, and we want to win every time out. I think if we can get a

win and start off June right, that will be good.”

The Dynamo, 0-2-4 on the road, haven’t prevailed away from home

since defeating San Jose 2-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium on Oct. 16. They

could be hard-pressed to repeat that performance, however, against

an Earthquakes team which went unbeaten in May.

San Jose (3-4-4) took a lead in the 74th minute on Chris

Wondolowski’s header last Saturday but ultimately settled for a 2-2

draw at Chicago, finishing the month 2-0-2.

“I was disappointed to be up 2-1 and not win the game, but the

effort from our players was excellent, and our goals were good,”

coach Frank Yallop said. “Yes, we’d like to keep clean sheets and

make sure we don’t concede goals… but the endeavor and the fight

from the guys, I’ve been really happy with.”

San Jose will need to look elsewhere for offense Saturday as

Wondolowski has left the club to join the U.S. national team for

the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Wondolowski, who spent the early part of his career with the

Dynamo before getting traded to San Jose in 2009, has scored four

of his team-leading six goals in the last six games.

Rookie forward Ellis McLoughlin, who didn’t play last Saturday

after scoring his first career goal in a 2-1 win over New England

on May 21, has been mentioned as a candidate to fill in for last

season’s Golden Boot winner.

“I think he’s proven that (he could help replace Wondolowski),”

Yallop said. “… I think he’s got a lot of potential. He’s only

20. He’s powerful, he’s young. He’s got a bright future if he just

keeps learning and moving in the right direction, which I think he

will.”

Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis had his third multiple-assist

effort of the season Saturday while forward Cam Weaver, acquired by

Houston in the Wondolowski deal, tied for the team lead with his

fourth goal and added an assist.

“(The Earthquakes) have been getting their results lately,

making it hard for other teams to play against them,” Weaver said.

“Personally, being traded away from San Jose, it gives a little

extra motivation to get a win, but I’m just going to keep going and

help the team get a win.”