Houston (CBS Houston) – Clint Dempsey, and the roaring Seattle Sounders, head to Houston to face the Dynamo Wednesday night.
Most recently, the Dynamo (5-10-9, 24 points) won on the road at San Jose 2-1 to snap a 20-match road winless streak that dated back to last July, and a six-game winless streak. With the win, the Dynamo are eight points behind Portland for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 10 matches left in the regular season.
BBVA Compass Stadium has been good to the Dynamo this season, as they’ve lost just once in 11 matches.
Four players are now tied for the team lead in goals as Ricardo Clark scored his fourth in the win over San Jose. Andrew Wenger, Will Bruin and the traded Giles Barnes join Clark for the team lead.
DaMarcus Beasley is getting closer to a return for the Dynamo, but will not suit up for Wednesday’s match.
Seattle (9-12-3, 30 points) is one of, if not the, hottest team in the MLS. The Sounders have won three straight matches in large part because of Dempsey’s recent form of five goals in the winning streak.
With the winning streak, Seattle finds themselves just two points behind Portland for the sixth playoff spot in the Western Conference, despite mutually parting ways with head coach, Sigi Schmid, earlier in the season. Long time assistant Brian Schmetzer has been managing the club as the interim head coach, and has the Sounders player their best soccer of the year.
Dempsey’s five goals in the last three Seattle matches has moved him into a tie with Jordan Morris for the team lead with eight, despite playing in seven less matches.
One reason for Seattle’s surge could be newcomer Nicolas Lodeiro, who has played in only four matches since being acquired. The Sounders are 3-0-1 in the four matches Lodeiro has appeared in. Lodeiro joined Seattle last month during the summer transfer window from Boca Juniors in the top Argentina league.
Wednesday’s match will be the second of three matches this season. Earlier this year the clubs played to a 1-1 draw when Chad Marshall scored a goal on the game’s final kick to equalize.
The final game between the teams takes place on October 12 in Seattle.
Wednesday’s match gets started at 8 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. pregame show on 95.7 HD3 and the radio.com app.