Houston Eye 1st Win Streak v Reeling Phila

The Basics

Philadelphia Union (1-5-1,
7th place in Eastern Conference) vs. Houston Dynamo (5-4-1, Tied for
2nd in Western Conference)

TV Information

Fox Soccer Channel, Fox
Sports en Español, 8:30 p.m. ET

Last Meeting:

This is the first meeting
between the two sides.

What's At Stake?

Both teams are somewhat
mirror opposites of each other. Philadelphia only have four points from
the team’s first seven games. However, the Union have several games in
hand and have played a disproportionate number of games on the road as
they await completion of PPL Park. If Philadelphia can steal some points
on the road now, they could make a playoff push later when the schedule
is kinder. Houston, meanwhile, have had seven of their first 11 games
at home. The Dynamo look to win in consecutive games for the first time
this year. If they do, they hope to keep pace with the Western
Conference pack trailing the Galaxy before the schedule forces the team
on the road more often.

Heroes & Villains

Alejandro Moreno vs.
Eddie Robinson:
Former Dynamo forward Moreno was a fan favorite for
his hard work, ability to hold the ball and his tenacity. However, his
ability to draw fouls might be the one aspect of his game most troubling
to Houston this weekend with Philadelphia having several targets on set
pieces. Robinson seems to have done a good job of limiting the cards
and fouls he has conceded so far this year. However, Moreno has a
propensity for frustrating opposing defenses.

The Union vs.
Philadelphia have three red cards in only seven games
and goalkeeper Chris Seitz and the defense have given up some soft
goals. The Union can’t afford to gift a weak goal or give up a man
advantage and expect to get points against the Dynamo in the heat and
humidity of the Houston summer.

Stat That Makes You Go “Hmm”

Ten different Dynamo
players have scored goals this year with midfielders scoring nine of the
team’s fourteen goals and two forwards (Landín and Oduro) have six of
the team’s eighteen assists.

He said it

are tough and physical. They have had some bad luck. They have good
players and they are faces that we know. In the end, [Peter] Nowak has
them working hard which will prove successful. Their season hasn’t gone
great, but they’ve only played seven games, so I think it will be a hard
game for us.” – Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear