Houston (CBS Houston) – The Dynamo put their undefeated home record on the line when they host Orlando City SC on Saturday BBVA Compass Stadium.
With a 4-0-1 home record through five matches, the Dynamo are one of just five teams in the MLS to be without a home loss in that amount of games, but Orlando City SC proves to be a tough test.
While the Dynamo have been unbeaten at home, they have lost all of their road matches and look to rebound after one of those road losses against Toronto FC last weekend. The Dynamo surrendered two first half goals to Jozy Altidore and would go on to lose, 2-0.
Head coach, Wilmer Cabrera, has abandoned the 4-4-3 formation he used in the club’s first six matches to a 4-4-2 formation in the last two matches in an effort to improve the defense. While the defense has improved, the attack hasn’t been as potent. With Romell Quioto back to full health, and Ricardo Clark healthy enough for selection, it will be very interested to see which formation Cabrera uses on Saturday.
Erick Torres continues to lead the club, and the league, with seven goals on the season. Overall the Dynamo have scored 15 goals and have surrendered 13 on their way to a 4-3-1 record so far, which is good for fourth place in the Western Conference.
Orlando City SC brings the best record (6-2-0) in the Eastern Conference to Houston on Saturday, but were defeated in their last match against, coincidentally enough, Toronto FC on Wednesday.
The loss snapped a four match winning streak for the Lions, and with the Dynamo match being their second road match of the week, it will be intriguing to see the starting XI of Jason Kreis.
Kreis has a lot of good options to choose from. Cyle Larin is second in the MLS with six goals on the season and leads the Orlando City attack that has scored 11 goals on the season. The Lions have also been implementing Kaka back onto the club as he tries to regain full fitness. Kaka has appeared in two matches, and started his first match Wednesday, since returning from injury.
On the road, Orlando City is beatable as they are 1-2-0 in their three road matches on the season.
Saturday’s match will see the return of Giles Barnes back onto the Houston pitch. Barnes was traded by the Dynamo to Vancouver last year after a slow start on the season for both team and player. Barnes spent his first four full years, and part of his fifth, in the MLS with Houston scoring 31 goals in 113 matches. Servando Carrasco also returns to face his former team. Carrasco played in 19 matches for the Dynamo between the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Listen to Saturday’s match beginning with a 7 p.m. pregame show on Sports Radio 610.