Houston Dynamo FC travels home with a little verve to battle the suddenly rising FC Cincinnati in an interconference game on Saturday night.
It will be the first full capacity game for Houston since the home opener of the 2020 season.
Houston’s last game was a 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake that allowed the Dynamo to score their second straight point. Maxi Urruti scored Houston’s goal as the game ended early in the second half.
The Dynamo (3-3-5, 14 points) have drawn three straight after having recorded two wins and two losses in their last four games. Houston travels into the weekend with a shared fifth place in the Western Conference.
“At this point we are focusing on the next team,” said Houston’s coach Tab Ramos. “We are in a good position, we just have to keep working hard.”
Houston’s 1-1 draw at Salt Lake marked the eleventh game in a row with the aim of starting the season for Dynamo.
Cincinnati FC (3-5-1, 10 points) travels to Bayou City on June 26th after beating Toronto 2-0 in Orlando. It was Cincinnati’s second away win in four days and the first time in franchise history that the team has won three consecutive street games.
Allan Cruz and Luciano Acosta scored Cincinnati’s two goals in victory, FC Cincy’s best second consecutive. Goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer recorded his second clean sheet of the week, the team’s first shutouts of the season.
It’s not as if Cincinnati FC, ranked 11th in the Eastern Conference with 14 teams, is still setting the world on fire. But the week’s show was a good first step.
“If you win two games in a row now (and have a good week), you can’t say everything has to change now,” said FC Cincinnati manager Jaap Stam. “This is how it works now. We are still building. There is still room for improvement, as an individual for players and also as a team. You have to go step by step and that will hopefully help us take the next step.” “
Cincinnati FC beat Houston 3-2 in their only previous encounter in Cincinnati in July 2019, the latest of Cincinnati’s two victories against opponents in the Western Conference. Since that game, Cincinnati has been without a win against enemies from the West.