Real Salt Lake targets rematch against Houston Dynamo after breaking historic streak

The clash promises strong emotions as Real Salt Lake tries to regain its dominance in the MLS
Houston Dynamo v Real Salt Lake - Game Two
Houston Dynamo v Real Salt Lake - Game Two / Chris Gardner/GettyImages

Real Salt Lake are about to face the Houston Dynamo in a clash that promises to be one of the most electrifying of this MLS season. After seeing their impressive 15-game unbeaten streak snapped by LA Galaxy, Pablo Mastroeni's side have a golden opportunity to show their resilience and get back on track. At Allianz Field, the fans are expecting nothing less than a pyrotechnic show, not just for the Independence Day celebration, but for a performance on the pitch that could reaffirm Salt Lake's strength in the league.

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The last home defeat, a bitter 0-1 to LA Galaxy, left scars and questions in the air. Chicho Arango's head injury in the 16th minute further complicated the situation, but we have to move on. Coach Mastroeni knows that soccer is a game of ups and downs and that, despite the setback, the campaign is far from over. The 6-2-1 record at home is solid, but it needs to be reinforced with wins in the following games to keep the MLS Supporters Shield and top spot in the Western Conference alive.

On the other side, the Houston Dynamo arrive on the back of a narrow win against Charlotte FC, thanks to a solitary goal from Aliyu Ibrahim. The team has shown consistency in recent matches, remaining unbeaten in their last six games and amassing 14 goals in that time. Héctor Herrera, nominated for the MLS All-Star Game, is the driving force behind this team and his presence on the pitch raises the confidence level of his teammates.

Wednesday's match will be a real test for the Dynamo, who face a wounded Real Salt Lake determined to get back to winning ways. Houston's defense, led by goalkeeper Steve Clark, has been one of the team's strengths, allowing just 23 goals this season, the third fewest in MLS. However, facing a hungry Salt Lake attack, which has already scored 40 goals on the year, will be quite a challenge.

Real Salt Lake will have to deal with the pressure of playing at home after two scoreless matches. The loss to the Galaxy and the goalless draw in Montreal showed that there is room for improvement, especially in attacking efficiency. However, the 4-0 thrashing of Kansas City at the beginning of June proves that the team has the potential for great things when they are on the same page.

The history between these two teams is long and full of twists and turns. With a head-to-head record of 13-13-11, both teams have a lot to prove. The Dynamo have the advantage of having eliminated Salt Lake in the MLS Cup playoffs last season, and now Real Salt Lake are looking for revenge.
Pablo Mastroeni will have to use all his experience to get the best out of his players and overcome the odds. The presence of top scorers like Chicho Arango and Andrés Gómez, who have combined for 26 goals this season, will be crucial. The team must find a way to break through the Dynamo's solid defense, while remaining alert to avoid quick counter-attacks that could prove fatal.

On the other hand, the Houston Dynamo, under the leadership of Héctor Herrera, come with a mentality of controlling possession and playing at a pace. With 58% possession throughout the season, the Dynamo dictate the pace of matches, suffocating their opponents and exploiting opportunities with precision. This style of play will be put to the test against a Salt Lake side determined to redeem themselves.