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FIVE THINGS: What to Know Ahead of FCDvHOU

Dallas looks to end four-match winless streak

FC Dallas (9-6-8, 35 points) hosts the Houston Dynamo (10-8-7, 37 points) on Wednesday, August 23 at Toyota Stadium in a Heineken Rivalry Week matchup. This is the third and final meeting of the season between these two teams. Dallas and Houston played to a scoreless draw in Frisco on May 28 and a 1-1 draw on June 23 in Houston.

Here are 5 Things You Should Know about the Match

Third Versus Fifth and it’s Tight in the West

The stakes for Wednesday’s game are incredibly high in the tightly contested Western Conference. Houston is currently third in the West while Dallas sits fifth. Just six points separate the West’s first-place team, Seattle, and sixth place Vancouver. In contrast, 14 points separate the Eastern Conference’s first place team, Toronto, and the conference’s sixth place club, Montreal. 

What’s at Stake

The winner of Wednesday’s match will win El Capitán, the replica 18th century Howitzer cannon that serves as the trophy in this series. Houston could potentially retain possession of El Capitán with a draw unless the two sides meet in the postseason. Click here for more on the trophy and the rivalry. 

Something Just Ain’t Right

FC Dallas is in the midst of a four-match winless streak (0-3-1). Dallas has only scored one goal in that span and has been outscored by opponents 9-1 in those four games.

Strong at Home against Houston

Dallas is 6-2-4 at Toyota Stadium against Houston. The Dynamo have struggled on the road this season, going 1-8-4 outside the Bayou City.

The Passing Game

Wednesday’s match features two of MLS’ top passers in Dallas’ Michael Barrios and the Dynamo’s Alex. Both midfielders are tied for third (with Atlanta’s Yamil Asad and Seattle’s Joevin Jones) with 10 assists in 2017.

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