At BC Place, the Houston Dynamo FC meet the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Friday to wrap up a two-game road journey in British Columbia. At 9:30 p.m., the game will begin. AT&T SportsNet Southwest and TeleXitos 47.2 will broadcast the match live in English and Spanish, respectively.
After losing to the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, Houston is hoping to split their two-game road trip. First time since May’s 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake that Houston was held without a goal. There have been seven shutouts this season in Houston, and the Dynamo have gone on to score in each of their subsequent games after each of the last four shutouts.
In the last three games following a goalless draw, Houston has won two of the three. Houston was kept scoreless on May 7 in Washington D.C. before beating Nashville SC 2-0 seven days later. A 1-0 home defeat against Seattle Sounders FC on May 18 was followed by a 3-0 triumph over the LA Galaxy on May 22.
Forwards Fafa Picault, Thor Ulfarsson, and Sebas Ferreira will lead the Dynamo attack in Friday’s game. Seven of the team’s past 11 goals have been scored by the trio.
Houston will try to clinch the season series after a 2-1 win over the Capitals on March 12 in their first meeting of the year. Ferreira, Coco Carrasquilla, and Corey Baird all contributed to Darwin Quintero’s double-double. In 2021, Houston won the series with a 1-0-2 record, claiming it. The first match at BC Place since the 2019 season will take place on Friday. When Houston and Vancouver met away from PNC Stadium in 2021, it was at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
The Philadelphia Dynamo will welcome Club de Foot Montreal on Saturday, August 13 for 713 Night at PNC Park.
Prior to Friday’s game, here are three things to keep in mind:
1. Season Enters Final Third: Houston has a chance to return to the top 10 for the first time since June 29 with three points on Friday. With 11 games remaining, the Dynamo trail the Predators by seven points in the race for the last Western Conference playoff position.
A win for Houston and another for Minnesota United FC over the Colorado Rapids would guarantee a top-ten finish after Week 24 despite the fact that Vancouver holds a two-point lead. This month’s schedule includes games against the Rapids and Minnesota, as well as a trip to face LAFC on August 31.
2.Dynamo Shuffle Midfield: Due to Matias Vera’s yellow card against the Union on Saturday, the Dynamo will experiment with a different midfield trio for the first time since July 12. Vera was given his fifth caution of the season for his actions in the 3-0 win against the Galaxy on May 22. He will miss his first league game since that day. Late in games or throughout a busy period of the season,
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— Houston Dynamo FC (@HoustonDynamo) August 6, 2022
Houston has relied on La Selecta captain Darwin Ceren to step in. Since the start of the season, Ceren has appeared in 19 games and started nine. Against Austin FC on July 12, Ceren made three recoveries and led the squad with the greatest percentage of completed passes (94%). As a defensive midfielder, Ethan Bartlow has also played a role this season. On June 18, against Orlando City SC, the 2021 Generation adidas product was back in the middle of the field. Against the Lions, he had two interceptions and four clearances.
3. Whitecaps Return To Bc Place: After a 1-1 draw with Nashville in GEODIS Park on Sunday, the Vancouver Whitecaps return to BC Place. Despite losing 3-1 to the Chicago Fire on July 23, Vancouver went on to beat Toronto FC 5-3 in a penalty kick shootout to win the Canadian Championship just three days later.
Only two of their previous five home games in league action have ended in a win for the Capitals, who are 5-3-3 overall. On July 2, Vancouver beat LAFC 1-0 at home for the first time since then. Since then, they’ve gone 1-0-2 in all competitions.
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