FRISCO, Texas (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Dynamo have been searching for a positive result away from BBVA Compass Stadium for five matches of the 2017 season and have found the back of the net just once in the run of play. Sunday the Dynamo hope to reverse that fortune as they seek out their first road win in the opener of the Texas Derby against rival FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium.
The Dynamo currently hold possession of El Capitan after winning the Texas Derby last year.
The Dynamo broke a string of 405 minutes without a goal on the road when Erick Torres knocked in a strike from the penalty spot in the 90th minute of last week’s 4-1 loss to Atlanta United FC.
“We have to improve, I’ve been talking to the guys in all aspects that when we play away, we have to produce more and we have to be more clinical with our finishing,” Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera said Friday. “When you play at home, you can produce more shots, more attacking waves, but when you play away, normally the other team is more on top of you and you don’t produce that amount of possibilities. Yet, if you produce two, three or four, you have to put at least one on goal if you want to be successful.”
The Dynamo will likely have Alberth Ellis back in the line-up who should provide a spark to a team that was deal with a viral issue in last week’s two game trip versus Philadelphia and Atlanta. With the run of road losses mounting and their place in the Western Conference table at stake against Dallas at stake, the Dynamo hope that a rivalry match-up will be the spark to put them over the top away from home.
“Is just another game and we want to win,” Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark said. “It’s away and we want to finally get a win away, so we can just get the monkey off our back; what better way to start than against a rival.”
FC Dallas has lost two straight matches after falling on Thursday night 2-1 to the Chicago Fire. They are currently tied with Houston for second in the Western Conference.
Alex Del Barrio covers the Houston Texans for Sportsradio610.com and is the color commentator for the Houston Dynamo. He also hosts “ADB and Murph” with Matt Murphy which can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio