Houston (CBS Houston) – Mentor meets protégé Sunday night when Dominic Kinnear and Wade Barrett square off for the first time.
Barrett’s first coaching job was because Kinnear hired him as an assistant when Kinnear was coaching the Dynamo. Kinnear also managed Barrett during his playing days.
The Dynamo are winless in their last three MLS competition matches and search for their first win since July 2. Scoring has been an issue for the club as they haven’t scored a goal in their last four all competition games.
At home the Dynamo have lost just once all season and have been stingy defensively, especially as of late. Since their home loss to the LA Galaxy on April 15, the Dynamo haven’t allowed a goal when playing at home in MLS play. The span currently sits at 491 minutes, and if they can keep San Jose without a goal for the first 55 minutes on Sunday, they would set a franchise record.
Offensively the Dynamo have been led in goals by Giles Barnes, Andrew Wenger and Will Bruin. Last week, Barrett switched to a 4-4-2 formation with Bruin and Erick Torres up top. Torres left the club to join the Mexican national team in preparation for the Olympics.
The club is about as banged up as they’ve been all season. DaMarcus Beasley continues to recover from knee surgery. Tyler Deric continues to nurse an abdomen strain, and both players are out for Sunday’s match. Raul Rodriguez, Agus and Rob Lovejoy are all doubtful as well.
Some help is on the way for the club, but it is very youthful. Homegrown player Christian Lucatero, 19-years-old, has been recalled from loan and will join the Dynamo. The club also acquired 20-year-old Colombian midfielder Yair Arboleda on loan from Independiente Santa Fe of the Colombian first division. The team also has the option to make it a permanent transfer at the end of the season.
San Jose currently sits in eighth place in the Western Conference with a 6-6-8, 26 points record. Most recently San Jose played to a 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake, and won two week ago at home against Toronto FC. The win snapped a seven match winless streak, which dated back to their May 11 win against the Dynamo.
The Earthquakes hosted Thursday’s MLS all-star game against Arsenal. Kinnear coached the MLS team, which featured both David Bingham and Chris Wondolowski from San Jose.
Wondolowski’s eight goals leads San Jose by a wide margin, Alberto Quintero’s three are the next highest.
Two of Quintero’s three goals came in San Jose’s 3-1 home win against the Dynamo on May 11. The two clubs will face off again on August 19 in San Jose.
Pregame coverage of Sunday’s match gets started at 7:30 p.m. with kick scheduled for 8 p.m. on Sports Radio 610.