Houston Dynamo FC

MATCH PREVIEW: Houston Dynamo FC host Miami

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The Dynamo return to Shell Energy Stadium on Saturday to host Inter Miami, their second opponent from the Eastern Conference to visit the Bayou City. The Dynamo look to remain undefeated at Shell Energy Stadium following three consecutive victories at home to open the home slate this season. 

The Dynamo earned their first point away from home last weekend with a 1-1 draw at Red Bull Arena against the New York Red Bulls. Ivan Franco tallied his first assist of the season after he came off the bench in the 53rd minute. He found midfielder Coco Carrasquilla inside the box for the go-ahead goal. That was the first goal for the Panamanian international who finished with two shots on the evening.

The Dynamo backline was under heavy pressure at Red Bull Arena and the centerback duo of Teenage Hadebe and Ethan Bartlow combined for 19 clearances and five interceptions. Defender Franco Escobar won all seven of his tackles and Daniel Steres finished with seven clearances and three tackles won. Goalkeeper Steve Clark finished with six saves against the Red Bulls.

Brooklyn Raines, a Homegrown player for the Dynamo, earned his third start of the season last Saturday. The teenager won two duels and finished with two recoveries against the Red Bulls.

The Dynamo won the last meeting between both teams, a 3-1 triumph at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale last season. Saturday’s game will be the first time Inter Miami visit Shell Energy Stadium and the third all-time meeting between the two teams. The all-time series is currently split with one victory for each side. 

The Dynamo travel to Tampa Bay, Florida next week to face the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The team will not have a match the following weekend as the match originally scheduled for April 29 against LAFC was moved to June 14. The Dynamo return to Shell Energy Stadium on May 6 to host Real Salt Lake.