In September of last year, the Dynamo defeated the Revolution 3-1 to earn their first victory since 2014. Houston hasn’t won in New England since July 2013, and the Revs have won four of their last five meetings there, including avoiding defeat.
Only the sixth time in the Revs’ 28 seasons that they have won their first match of the season, New England’s 1-0 victory at Charlotte on Saturday marked their first victory in a season opener since 2013. The first two games of a new MLS season have never been won by New England.
On Saturday, Houston’s season began with a 2-1 defeat to FC Cincinnati, snapping a streak that had lasted for 11 seasons. In MLS history, the Dynamo have never started a season with consecutive losses.
Bruce Arena has only lost one of his 12 matches against Ben Olsen (W6 D5), a 1-0 defeat against DC United in 2015 with the Galaxy. Olsen was coached by Arena during his 1998 debut season in MLS.
Saturday, Tate Schmitt scored the only goal for the Dynamo in his debut. Schmitt is the Dynamo player since M. Urruti in 2012 to score on his club debut; In their first two games with the team, only three players have scored: Romell Quioto, Andrew Wenger, and Brian Ching are the first three.