MLS Preview from The Sports Network (ET)
05/30/2014 3:49 PM
05/30/2014 3:53 PM
Houston (5-7-2) at Colorado (5-4-3), 8 p.m.
Commerce City, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Dynamo will be hoping to end a three-game road swing on a high note on Sunday as the club visits Dick's Sporting Goods Park to square off with the Colorado Rapids.
Houston has lost its first two games of the three-game trip by a combined score of 5-0, and forward Will Bruin feels that a change in approach is necessary for his team to snap out of its funk.
"We're sitting too far back defensively," said Bruin when asked about creating good chances. "We need to step out and take chances going forward. You can't win games if you just play defensive. I think we're sitting too much and just trying to counter and that's not going to win us games."
Based on its last performance, a 3-0 loss at San Jose, Houston must also make defensive improvements as the club allowed Khari Stephenson to score a pair of goals before Atiba Harris chipped in a third in a dominating Earthquakes win.
The absence of midfielder Brad Davis, who is away on international duty with the United States, has presented Houston with a problem in attack that the team has yet to solve.
Colorado, meanwhile, is coming off of a strong performance in a 4-1 win over Montreal that saw the club net multiple goals in a match for the first time in eight games.
Dillon Powers scored twice for the Rapids to help the club snap a three-game winless streak, with Colorado scoring three times in the second half.
"We're all in this together. We're all trying to figure this out. We're all trying to get this team hitting on all cylinders starting now, preferably," Colorado head coach Pablo Mastroeni said after the team's win over Montreal. "The football that we played in the second half and the ability to create chances and really get after them I think is really optimistic for us looking forward."
Mastroeni won't have the services of striker Edson Buddle for Sunday's fixture after the former Galaxy man injured his groin last weekend, but with home games against Houston and Chicago in the next week, Colorado should have a chance to at least maintain its position in third place in the Western Conference.
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