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Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders FC | 2018 MLS Match Preview

Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders FC
2018 MLS Regular Season — Week 34

BBVA Compass Stadium — Houston
October 21 — 5 pm ET
WATCH: ESPN+, MLS LIVE on DAZN (Canada)

Fresh off clinching a playoff berth for the 10th consecutive season, the Seattle Sounders FC are looking to improve their positioning, while the Houston Dynamo are trying to bounce back from consecutive defeats.

The Sounders booked their ticket to the Audi 2018 MLS Cup playoffs with a 2-1 win over Orlando City SC on Wednesday night, while the Dynamo fell to LAFC, 4-2, last Friday.

This is the teams' second meeting this season, with the Sounders cruising to a 4-1 win two weeks ago at CenturyLink Field. Will Bruin and Cristian Roldan scored before the break and Victor Rodriguez netted a brace after halftime before DaMarcus Beasley scored the Dynamo’s lone goal three minutes from full time.

Houston Dynamo

Houston (9-15-8) conceded four goals for a second straight game, losing at LAFC, 4-2, last Friday.

Mauro Manotas gave the Dynamo the lead in the 33rd minute, but Carlos Vela’s brace bookended four consecutive goals, which included tallies from Adama Diomande and Walker Zimmerman, before Andrew Wenger halved Houston’s deficit in the 80th minute.

“The two games that we’ve played, defensively we’ve been poor,” Wilmer Cabrera said. “Our players haven’t played at the level we have to play. When you’re talking about Seattle or LAFC, you have to play your best level and it wasn’t.”

  • Suspended: M - Darwin Ceren
  • Suspended after next caution: M - Boniek Garcia, M - Adam Lundqvist, D - Leonardo
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: D - Philippe Senderos (hamstring injury), M - Eric Alexander (left hamstring injury), D - Jared Watts (right hip injury), F - Mac Steeves (hip surgery); QUESTIONABLE: D - Leonardo (right adductor injury)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Joe Willis — Andrew Wenger, Adolfo Machado, Kevin Garcia, DaMarcus Beasley — Boniek Garcia, Juan Cabezas — Memo Rodriguez, Tomas Martinez, Adam Lundqvist — Mauro Manotas

Seattle Sounders FC

It’s now three consecutive wins for Seattle (16-11-5), which clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 win over Orlando City SC Wednesday night at Orlando City Stadium.

Red-hot Rodriguez opened the scoring in the third minute and Handwalla Bwana doubled the Sounders lead 10 minutes later.

“We talked about that before the game, about not backing in [to the playoffs], about not waiting until the games tonight,” Brian Schmetzer said. “So big achievement, big achievement for the club.”

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: D - Jordy Delem, M - Osvaldo Alonso
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: F - Jordan Morris (torn ACL), F - Felix Chenkam (herniated disc), M - Harry Shipp (right hamstring strain), D - Brad Smith (right hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE: D - Roman Torres (right knee contusion)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Stefan Frei — Kelvin Leerdam, Kim Kee-hee, Chad Marshall, Nouhou Tolo — Gustav Svensson, Osvaldo Alonso — Cristian Roldan, Nico Lodeiro, Victor Rodriguez — Raul Ruidiaz

All-Time Series

Officials

Referee: Dave Gantar
Assistant Referees: Jeff Hosking, Felisha Mariscal
4th Official: Victor Rivas
VAR: Armando Villarreal

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Houston
Seattle

Season Stats

Houston DynamoSeattle Sounders FC
32Games Played32
9Wins16
15Losses11
8Draws5
53Goals47
53Goals Conceded34
350Shots296
173Shots on Target123
396Fouls committed336
321Fouls suffered384
46Offside63
173Corners166

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
HOU79853531.7
SEA1151033471.5
01234+Avg
HOU252432.1
SEA514331.9
01234+Avg
HOU546101.2
SEA646001

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
HOU591323531.7
SEA719330341.1
01234+Avg
HOU366101.3
SEA4110100.9
01234+Avg
HOU237132
SEA383201.2
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