SUSPENSIONS: The Sounders will probably be with out beginning midfielder Obed Vargas, who picked up a warning final weekend and can miss out because of yellow-card accumulation. Houston, in the meantime, might want to substitute beginning left again Adam Lundqvist, who was despatched off within the Dynamo’s match on Saturday.
ROTATIONS LIKELY: Whereas Head Coach Brian Schmetzer’s squad rotation in all probability received’t be as drastic because it had been throughout Concacaf Champions League play, there’s more likely to going to be some roster shakeup in Houston. The Sounders will probably be taking part in on the street in excessive warmth of their second of three matches in eight days earlier than going to altitude to tackle the Colorado Rapids this coming weekend.
ROLDAN ROLLING: Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan punctuated his sensible season he’s been having by placing on a masterclass in opposition to Minnesota United on Sunday. He scored a rocket from deep, added an help and drew a penalty in an MLS Staff of the Week efficiency.
NEW MAN IN CHARGE: Paulo Nagamura is in his first season on the helm of the Dynamo, who selected to not renew Tab Ramos’ contract on the finish of final season. Nagamura is a 39-year-old former MLS participant who joined Houston after a number of years in control of Sporting Kansas Metropolis II, SKC’s MLS Subsequent Professional facet.
FORWARD FERREIRA: The Dynamo made an enormous splash this previous offseason by buying Paraguayan worldwide ahead Sebastián Ferreira as a Designated Participant from Membership Libertad. The 24-year-old, who coincidentally was signed in 2018 by Liga MX’s Morelia instantly after promoting Raúl Ruidíaz to the Sounders, has been strong thus far in his debut MLS season. He has 4 objectives and an help in 772 minutes.
FAMILIAR FOE: Houston bolstered its goalkeeping over the winter by including former Portland Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark. He’s began all 11 matches this season and stored three clear sheets.