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                     === RSL, Dynamo test unbeaten runs ===
 Houston,  TX (  - The Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake will
 test  their  respective unbeaten runs when  the two sides meet at BBVA Compass
 Stadium on Sunday.
 Houston  was riding a six-game winless streak until a 4-1 demolition of Chivas
 USA  got the  club back  on track.  A narrow  defeat of  the Columbus  Crew on
 Wednesday  has  even helped  the Dynamo improve  to 14 points  to see the club
 climb into a four-way tie for top spot in the Eastern Conference.
 Will Bruin netted the lone tally of Houston's defeat of Columbus on Wednesday,
 his third consecutive match with a goal. It was something of an awkward finish
 for Bruin, who rose above the Crew defense to get his shoulder to a Brad Davis
 free  kick and  send the ball over the  line, but it was the type of goal that
 often accompanies a hot streak.
 "I've  been doing a  lot of shrugs in the gym, and I just shrugged it over the
 goal,"  Bruin told media members after Wednesday's affair. "I'm just trying to
 get  in the box,  get on the end of service and I'll take if it just redirects
 off my gut and goes in."
 Real  Salt Lake,  meanwhile, has yet to  taste defeat in league play under the
 guidance of first-year head coach Jeff Cassar.
 The  Claret  and Cobalt  are the last  remaining MLS team  without a loss this
 season, but it has not necessarily been a smooth ride.
 Salt Lake was made to come from two goals down to take maximum points from its
 last outing as Joao Plata netted a stoppage-time winner in a 3-2 defeat of the
 Chicago Fire.
 "This  team has  unbelievable character," Cassar said. "It's a credit to them.
 They  knew  that they had it  in them, and you  could just see with that first
 goal,  all we  needed was that goal  to get it going and build the confidence.
 After  they got the second one, they were like, 'we might win this game.' It's
 unbelievable  how they  want to continue to  push and go for wins on the road.
 It's fantastic."
 They'll  need to exhibit some character in Sunday's affair in order to achieve
 something Real Salt Lake never has before: win a match at Houston.
 The  Claret and Cobalt  have managed just a single point from their travels to
 Houston,  going 0-8-1  in their  nine road  matches against  the Dynamo.  That
 record speaks volumes not only about the competitive side that Dominic Kinnear
 has  fielded  over the years, but  also about the fierce playing conditions in
 "It's not the end-all, be-all, but it's definitely a factor," RSL defender Nat
 Borchers  told the  club's official website regarding Houston's harsh weather.
 "You  live in  a climate like this and  then you go some of these places where
 it's  hot  and humid and you're  not used to  it. You make poor decisions when
 you're tired, and that weather definitely gets you tired."
 05/09 16:07:50 ET

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