Houston (CBS Houston) – After two MLS competition matches on the road, the Dynamo are back in Houston for two straight at BBVA Compass Stadium starting with Vancouver on Saturday.
The Dynamo enter Saturday’s match sitting in last place on the Western Conference table with a record of 4-9-6 (18 points). The club sits 11 points out of the playoffs, but has played two less matches than both Vancouver and Portland who sit at 29 points and in fifth and sixth place respectively.
With a loss Wednesday against FC Dallas in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the Dynamo have lost back to back 1-0 games, and are winless in their last three matches in all competitions.
In MLS home matches the Dynamo have lost just one match (vs. LA Galaxy 4-1 in April), and have a four match unbeaten streak in MLS games at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Giles Barnes, Will Bruin and Andrew Wenger lead the club with four goals each. Boniek Garcia leads the club in assists with five.
On Friday the Dynamo announced that they acquired midfielder Eric Alexander from the Montreal Impact in exchange for general and targeted allocation money. Alexander is a seven-year MLS veteran and has spent the last two seasons in Montreal. Alexander has played in 12 games this season, all starts.
DaMarcus Beasley will miss his second MLS match after undergoing knee surgery. Tyler Deric, who missed last Friday’s match against the LA Galaxy with an abdomen strain, is not listed on the injury report.
Vancouver currently sits in the fifth spot in the Western conference with an 8-8-5, (29 points) record, but the Whitecaps have struggled in Texas losing all 10 of their matches in the lone star state against either the Dynamo or FC Dallas. This season Vancouver is 3-6-0 in away matches.
Vancouver’s last match was a 2-2 draw at Orlando City SC, and has lost just once in their last five matches, but have just two wins in that stretch.
Pedro Morales leads the Whitecaps with six goals and in assists with six as well. Morales six assists are tied for eighth in the MLS. Vancouver goalie, David Ousted, leads the MLS in saves and Kendall Waston was named to the MLS all-star team.
Like the Dynamo, the Whitecaps made a transaction earlier this week as well, acquiring Fabian Espindola from DC United. Espindola has scored four goals in 15 games played this season.
A week ago Vancouver signed homegrown player Alphonso Davies. Davies is 15-years-old and the youngest player currently in the MLS and the third youngest player to ever sign in the MLS.
Saturday’s meeting will be the third and final matchup between Vancouver and the Dynamo this season. The previous two matches were both in Vancouver with the Caps winning the first match 1-0, and the second a 1-1 draw.
Listen to Saturday’s match on Sports Radio 610 with the pregame show beginning at 8 p.m.