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Dynamo out to end slide against RBNY
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Dynamo will be out to snap a horrid run of form on Friday when the club welcomes Red Bull New York to BBVA Compass Stadium.
Houston has dropped five straight MLS regular season matches. The club's last points came from a 1-0 defeat of the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 17.
At the heart of the poor stretch has been a barren spell in front of net. Entering Friday's contest on a 479-minute scoreless streak in league play, the Dynamo's last goal came against the Galaxy when Giles Barnes took a pass from Mark Sherrod and fired home the lone goal of the contest.
But scoring opportunities should be readily available against a Red Bulls side that has kept only three clean sheets this season, though one of them came against the Dynamo in a 4-0 New York win at Red Bull Arena on April 16.
That meeting provided a bit of retribution for the Red Bulls, who were ousted from the MLS Cup playoffs in a 2-1 home loss the Dynamo last season.
Now, Houston will be seeking some revenge as the Dynamo have not claimed a win over the Red Bulls on home soil since Aug. 3, 2012.
The Red Bulls, meanwhile, are hoping to bounce back from another result that saw them drop points at home.
New York was leading its clash with Toronto FC last week only to concede two second-half goals. It looked as if Mike Petke's men would surrender the result, but Bradley Wright-Phillips struck in stoppage time to salvage a point.
The reigning Supporters' Shield winners were able to return most of the squad from last season, but some of the more frequent changes to New York's team have come along the back line, where Petke has introduced some promising young players to the proceedings.
"The thought process is that since I took this job a year and a half ago I preached about giving young kids, giving academy kids opportunities," Petke said. "Last year I didn't. I felt I wasn't able to at times. Things worked out for the better during the season. This year, I think giving Chris (Duvall) that opportunity and seeing how he took it gave me the courage to give Matt (Miazga) the opportunity and he took it well, and gave me the courage to give Ambroise Oyongo the opportunity.
"This is a league that we play plenty of teams that are young and enthusiastic and have energy. If you don't match that, I've been preaching this for a year and a half, if you don't match that you're behind the eight ball from the start of the game. I'm going to do what I feel I need to do to get that energy. I feel that in certain instances, a lot of players, we have the talent on this team but we need to have an effort every game."
07/03 16:55:05 ET
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