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
“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
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
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
“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
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.