The Seattle Sounders host the Houston Dynamo Sunday in another seeming mismatch. After losing to lowly San Jose, some fear Seattle is in another tailspin, and these fears may be confirmed unless the Sounders assert themselves against one of the East’s cellar dwellers. On paper, this game shouldn’t be close (though we thought that last week), and oddly enough, the Sounders have fared poorly against the Eastern conference this season
The Dynamo are a curious team, a perennial power that inexplicably imploded. How much of a fight Houston will show is hard to predict. They were recently reeling, but just beat powerful DC United. Houston doesn’t score a lot of goals and surrenders a boatload (league-leading 40 goals allowed). Though the signing of USMNT star DaMarcus Beasley, older but still a quality, away from Liga MX side Puebla should bolster the backline. Houston is a proud, veteran team and I expect coach Dominic Kinnear to field an eager side.
Bold Prediction: Chad Marshall’s health and availability will be key. But I am not waiting for the rosters to be announced. I whiffed my last two predictions, but I’m still betting on my boys. Seattle gets off the schneid, 2-0.