Saturday’s match in Houston will be the first and only meeting in the regular season between Real Salt Lake and the Dynamo. Real Salt Lake has a mixed history against Houston, posting a 4-9-5 all-time regular season record against the Texas side. The Claret-and-Cobalt has remained winless when playing the Dynamo on the road, claiming eight losses and one draw in the Lone Star State.
The last time the two sides met was at Rio Tinto Stadium on August 10, 2013, which resulted in a 1-0 win for the Claret-and-Cobalt. Costa Rican international Alvaro Saborio was able to secure the rare win, converting a penalty kick in the 37th minute. The win marked RSL’s second victory out of its last 13 matches against the Dynamo; the previous victory a 3-1 win at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 13, 2010.
The Houston Dynamo currently sit sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 3-4-2 record and total of 11 points. The Dynamo will play a mid-week game before Sunday’s matchup, taking on Columbus Crew on Wednesday at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Real Salt Lake continued its undefeated start to the 2014 season this past weekend, staging a thrilling comeback to defeat Chicago Fire 3-2 at Toyota Park. The Claret-and-Cobalt went down 2-0 in the first half, but managed to claw its way back into the match after RSL FW Joao Plata cut the lead by one in the 72nd minute. RSL FW Alvaro Saborio went on to score the equalizer in the 90th minute and then assisted on the game-winner scored by Plata again in the 93rd minute. Real Salt Lake currently sits second in the Western Conference with a 4-0-5 record and total of 17 points.
With Saturday’s win, RSL Head Coach Jeff Cassar has extended his record-breaking unbeaten run to nine games which is the best start to a managerial career in MLS’s non-shootout era. Cassar is now in sole possession of the second-best start for a coach in MLS history (including the shootout era), behind Lothar Osiander who led LA Galaxy to a 12-0-0 start in 1996.