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RSL vs. Houston Dynamo: Scouting report

Houston has real firepower since Cubo Torres found his form again under coach Wilmer Cabrera.

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The Houston Dynamo started off the season on a good note, winning five of their first 10 matches. Now winless in three, they’re coming off a 0-0 draw in Dallas over the weekend and are looking to put their skid to an end and keep their positioning near the top of the western conference.

With a star-studded lineup led by Erick Torres (AKA “Cubo”), and Alberth Elis, the Dynamo have the firepower to bang in plenty of goals, though they’ve been letting in more than they’ve been scoring themselves lately.

Let’s have a look at some of their best players and what they can bring to the table when RSL visits Houston on Wednesday.

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Erick “Cubo” Torres - Forward

Houston’s leading scorer with nine goals, Torres has found his form this season under new head coach Wilmer Cabrera. You may remember Cubo from his Chivas USA days where he scored 22 goals in 44 appearances with the now-defunct club, while also playing under Cabrera. Houston signed Cubo in 2015, but he only started seven games with the Dynamo over the next two seasons, while he spent the bulk of his time on loan in Mexico to Chivas Guadalajara and Cruz Azul.

He’s found recent form since he’s been reunited with Cabrera and has been scoring regularly throughout the season.

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DaMarcus Beasley - Defender

If you’ve been even loosely following soccer over recent years, Beasley is a name you’ll definitely recognize, as he’s made 124 caps with the US Mens National Team, scoring 17 goals in total for his country. He joined the Dynamo in 2014 after spending time overseas and in Mexico and has made 62 appearances for the men in orange since.

Beasley has only missed two games all season and has been instrumental to Houston’s defense, who have managed to keep only three clean sheets this season.

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Romell Quioto - Forward

Quioto started off strong this season, scoring in each of his first three games, before he was hit with a shoulder injury while on international duty and was forced to sit out for a few weeks. He’s slowly made his way back and has been dangerous for the Dynamo attack, scoring four goals and notching two assists in total on the season.

The Honduran international has made 27 appearances for his senior national team, scoring four goals for his country since 2012.

Stats Overview

Record: 6-5-2
Standings: 2nd place in west, 20 points
Form: W - W - L - L - D
Goals scored: 22
Goals allowed: 20

Leading Scorers

Cubo Torres: 9
Alberth Elis: 5
Romell Quioto: 4
Mauro Manotas: 3
Dylan Remick: 1