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MLS Preview: Austin FC (4-5-4) at Houston Dynamo FC (4-5-3)

The Houston Dynamo FC defeated Austin FC, 2-0, at home on march 18 on goals from Amine Bassi and Hector Herrera in the final 20 minutes, the fifth win for the home team in six all-time meetings between the sides. The only road win in the history of the series was a 2-1 victory for Austin FC in Houston in April 2022.

The Houston Dynamo FC are winless in four straight league games (D2 L2) after winning four of their previous six (D1 L1). Houston Dynamo FC has not scored or conceded more than one goal in any of its last six league games, totaling three goal scored and four goals conceded.

Austin FC has won back-to-back matches after an eight-match winless run in league play. Austin FC has two winning streaks of three or more games in the club’s MLS history (two 4-game streaks) with each of those runs including wins over the Houston Dynamo FC.

The Houston Dynamo FC conceded at home for the first time in the 87th minute of their sixth hoe match of the season, falling one minute short of the MLS record for the longest home shutout streak to begin a season. Only the Colorado Rapids in 2022 and Columbus Crew SC in 2020 allowed one goal in their first seven home games of a season.

Gyasi Zardes’ stoppage time winner for Austin FC against the Toronto FC Reds on Saturday was his 99th regular-season MLS goal in his280th appearance. Of the 12 players with 100 MLS goals, only Kei Kamara(288), Edson Buddle (289) and Dwayne De Rosario (298) took more than 280 games to reach the milestone.

World Elite Syndicate

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