7 p.m. vs. Houston Dynamo • FSN, 1500-AM
Loons seek to stop their four-match losing streak
Preview: United (2-5-0) returns home for five of its next six games starting Saturday against Houston (2-2-2), one of three teams in the league that has yet to lose a road game. The Loons, after playing five of their first seven games on the road, hope to stop a four-match losing streak.
Quotable: “The front three, very dynamic,” Loons coach Adrian Heath said, referring to Houston. “… They gamble a little bit at times by allowing you to attack and leave extra men forward in the hopes that you turn it over cheaply. So as we spoke about it to the players, I think the most important word for us [Saturday]is concentration. I say it all the time, sometimes you’re at your most dangerous defensively when you’re attacking, when people are watching the game. The most important thing for us is to make sure that as we are attacking, we’re in a good shape behind, good preventive marking, so if we do turn it over, we’re in a good spot to counter that.”
Numbers: Houston F Alberth Elis is tied for fourth in the league with four assists and ranks second in shots with 32. In three games last season, the Loons went 0-1-2 against the Dynamo.
Injuries: For Houston, D A.J. DeLaGarza (ACL), M Juan David Cabezas (quad), D Philippe Senderos (hamstring), D George Malki (knee), D Dylan Remick (concussion) and F Jared Watts (hamstring) are out while D Kevin Garcia (hamstring) is questionable. For United, M Sam Cronin (concussion), M Ethan Finlay (ACL) and D Tyrone Mears (Achilles) are out while D Wyatt Omsberg is on loan to the Tulsa Roughnecks in the United Soccer League. F Abu Danladi (ankle) is questionable.