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Houston Dynamo confident heading back into action against San Jose

Mar 30, 2019; Commerce City, CO, USA; Houston Dynamo midfielder Memo Rodriguez (8) and midfielder Tomas Martinez (10) and defender Adam Lundqvist (3) and forward Alberth Elis (17) and defender A. J. DeLaGarza (20) celebrates a score in the first half against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.(Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

HOUSTON — It’s still early in the season, but Houston Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera feels confident that his team is working well toward its season goals.

The Dynamo remain undefeated with one tie and three consecutive wins. A confident 4-1 win against the Colorado Rapids March 30 was of particular importance to the club since away games have been the team’s Achilles heel in the past.

Cabrera said the team has gone through a transformation – new strategies and movements were  deployed to better the outcomes of road matches.

“We were very effective. The idea is that we want to be sure that we are consistent, not only at home but also away. We have that goal this year, we want to make sure we can be a team that can compete game by game,” Cabrera said.

Now, the Dynamo will return to BBVA Compass Stadium after a bye week for their fourth home game of the season this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET to host the San Jose Earthquakes.

Defensive player Kiki Struna emphasized concentration as a must for the team despite recent triumphs.

“We must give 100 percent. We can’t relax. I think we did a good job in the last four games of the MLS, but it’s the start of the season so it doesn’t mean anything,” said Struna, who was one of the Dynamo players called up for international duty.

Midfielder Memo Rodriguez, who has been on the starting lineup more often, is taking advantage of it – he has made a goal three games in a row — and leading a scoring revelation for the Dynamo.

“I can finally live up to the opportunity of getting minutes this year, and I think it’s better because it can get better always,” said Rodriguez.

The Dynamo stayed busy the first month of MLS play, despite two bye weeks, by playing in Concacaf Champions League. The extra games offered Houston an advantage, according to goalkeeper Joe Willis.

“Having so many games early on, you get up to speed a little bit quicker than some of the other MLS teams,” Willis said. “We’re coming into our seventh or eighth game right now, a lot of teams have only played three. It’s big for our chemistry, especially when you bring in new players. It gives them more time to jell and more time to play with each other and get to know each other.”




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