The Dynamo enter Saturday’s match after clinching their first MLS playoff berth since 2017 after earning a 1-1 draw at Montreal on Wednesday. Houston’s postseason spot was confirmed later that evening after Minnesota lost 5-1 on the road to LAFC. During Houston’s match, midfielder Artur opened scoring in the 10th minute after forward Aliyu Ibrahim passed the ball to midfielder Sebastian Kowalczyk, who laid the ball off to the Brazilian. The play was Artur’s first goal for Houston, as well as Kowalczyk’s first assist with the Dynamo.
Houston currently sits sixth in the Western Conference standings, boasting a 6-1-4 (WLD) record in all competitions since returning to MLS play after Leagues Cup on Aug. 20, while outscoring opponents 22-7 during that stretch.
Colorado enter Saturday’s match sitting last in the Western Conference and are already eliminated from playoff contention. The Rapids were scheduled to play FC Dallas on Wednesday, however, the match in Frisco, Texas was postponed to Saturday, Oct. 14 due to inclement weather. In its most recent fixture, Colorado defeated Austin FC 1-0 on Saturday, Sept. 30 at home thanks to Andreas Maxsø’s 41st-minute goal.
The Dynamo and Rapids have split all 18 regular season matchups in Houston, both holding a 6-6-6- (WLD) record. Houston boasts a 14-3-5 (WLD) record in all competitions at Shell Energy Stadium this year. The two clubs played to a scoreless draw in their most recent meeting on July 15 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado.
After the October FIFA window, the Dynamo close out the regular season in the Pacific Northwest, traveling to face the Portland Timbers on Saturday, Oct. 21.