The Seattle Sounders ( 9-12-3 , 30 points) will take on the Houston Dynamo( 5-10-9, 24 points), Wednesday Night ( 9 p.m. ET) at BBVA Compass Stadium with a healthy and highly spirited club that is full of belief and optimism.
The Sounders roll into Houston riding a three game win streak that has put them in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.The Sounders are coming off an impressive 3-1 victory over arch-rivals Portland Timbers Sunday evening at CenturyLink Field. Clint Dempsey led the Sounders with two goals and Cristian Roldan iced the game with an 83rd minute goal.
The Sounders have seen a meteoric rise in their offense, since signing Uruguay National Nicolas Lodeiro on July 27th a day after parting ways with eight year head coach Sigi Schmid.
In addition to inserting Lodeiro into the line up, Seattle interim head coach Brian Schmetzer implemented a 4-1-2-3 line up and put an emphasis on team defense, while pushing outside backs, Joevin Jones and Tryone Mears to make overlapping runs down the field to spread opponent defenses to make room for Lodeiro, Roldan and Asvaldo Alonso to roam in the middle of the and create passing lanes for Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris
The extra time and space with the ball has resulted in a resurgent of the Sounders offense. Dempsey has scored five goals in four games since Lodeiro joined the club. Morris and Dempsey are tied for the team lead for goals scored with eight. Roldan has two goals and two assists in the past four games.
Schmetzer’s all hands on deck defensive philosophy was given a huge boost when the club announced Tuesday night that defender Roman Torres had been activated from the Disabled list and was immediately available for first team duty.
Full of momentum and swagger the question is can the Sounders stay focused against a Houston team that despite coming off an Friday impressive 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes sits last place in the Western Conference.
The win at Avaya Stadium was Houston’s first victory since July 2 and their second in 12 matches after Wade Barrett took over as interim head coach.
Dynamo keeper Joe Willis and forward David Horst joined Sounder players Clint Dempsey and Cristian Roldan on this weeks MLS team of the Week.
This will be the second meeting between the two teams this season. They drew 1-1 on April 10 in their first contest, with Seattle defender Chad Marshall scoring deep in second half stoppage time to cancel out Giles Barnes’ first-half goal at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo have never lost to Sounders FC in Houston in six meetings (three wins and three draws).