DC United and the Houston Dynamo have posted identical results against their Mexican rivals in Group B, both beating Club America 1-0 and both drawing with Morelia 1-1. DC and Houston have split their MLS regular season meetings, each team winning at home. Houston has not lost a regular season game since May and DC is hoping that the SuperLiga will help them return to form.
Houston should be at full strength except for the injured Brad Davis. DC should have Namoff, Kpene, and a limited Moreno back but Moose will still be out with his sports hernia. According to the SuperLiga discipline report DC has no ineligible players while Houston's only ineligible is Brian Mullan.
Unlike the Mexican clubs, Houston knows how to frustrate DC by clogging up their narrow field and man marking Gomez out of the game. DC's creativity from the back (hopefully we'll see more of it in this game) should help loosen up the midfield. This will be a fight for possession so any playing time that Abuelito Moreno gets will be integral to our success. If all else fails we can just hope for a Morelia tie or loss.
Hope and Dreams for SuperLiga Match 1.3
1. By some combination of events we advance to the next round.
2. Brian Ching does not score.
3. Boswell walks the walk as he has already talked the talk.
4. Emilio gets back on the score sheet.