The Houston Dynamo take another swipe at ending a long winless drought when they host Austin FC on Saturday night.
The Dynamo have failed to win in 16 consecutive matches (0-8-8) since beating the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on May 22. Houston (3-10-10, 19 points) also has lost six of its past seven contests, beginning with a 3-2 setback at Austin FC on Aug. 4.
Dynamo coach Tab Ramos said the victory famine isn’t fun to deal with.
“After 16 games, every week is tough,” Ramos said in a virtual press conference. “We’re not getting wins. That makes it difficult. …
“The team is excited about this game in particular. I think we’re well prepared and ready to go.”
The Dynamo and Austin FC (5-13-4, 19 points) are tied for fewest points in the Western Conference.
Austin received two goals from midfielder Tomas Pochettino in last month’s victory over Houston.
Since the triumph, Austin has dropped five of its last six matches, including a 2-1 loss at Vancouver on Sept. 4.
Forward Sebastian Driussi scored Austin’s lone goal against Vancouver in the 45th minute. But the Whitecaps scored two second-half goals to land the win.
“For 60 minutes of this game, our ability to work and compete and be disciplined and be difficult to break down was good,” Austin FC coach Josh Wolff said afterward. “It slipped away from us, but there was a lot of good in there today.”
Midfielders Cecilio Dominguez and Diego Fagundez share the team lead with five goals. Dominguez also had a goal in the recent win over the Dynamo.
Houston is coming off a 2-0 home loss to the Portland Timbers in which it held a 19-9 edge in shots. It marks the fifth time the Dynamo were blanked this season.
One problem the Dynamo faced was that they allowed two goals in the first 20 minutes. Portland was then able to pack in the defense to protect its lead.
Forward Maximiliano Urruti and midfielder Fafa Picault share the Dynamo lead of six goals.
–Field Level Media