July 7, 2016
A look at the upcoming games
Houston Dynamo (4-8-5, 17 pts) @ Orlando City SC (4-4-8, 20 pts), 8 p.m. ET (UniMás; UDN)
Orlando comes into the match four days after its worst loss of the season, 4-0 to Dallas, and two days after the dismissal of coach Adrian Heath, who had been with the club for five years starting with its USL birth. (He actually had been with the team for the three years before that when it was in Austin, Texas.) Heath's dismissal follows the club's elimination from the U.S. Open Cup a week ago by the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers and with the team 10 points from the top of the Eastern Conference, and six points off the bottom. The Dynamo won their first game against an MLS team under Wade Barrett when they beat Kansas City in the U.S. Open Cup last Wednesday, and then won their first MLS game by beating Philadelphia 1-0 last Saturday. That makes three wins in five games after winning only three of their first 14. Cristian Maidana had the goal against Philly, his old club, only his second of the season and first since the first week of the season.
FC Dallas (10-5-4, 34 pts) @ San Jose Earthquakes (5-5-7, 22 pts), 10:30 p.m. ET (UniMás; UDN)
For teams that come into the match from opposite ends of the Western Conference standings, San Jose has been the equal of FC Dallas two times this season. The two drew 2-2 in Dallas on April 9 and 0-0 in San Jose on May 28. This time, however, Dallas has won four of its last five (including two Open Cup wins) and has only one loss in its last 10. That's given it a one-point lead over Colorado in the Western Conference, albeit having played two more games. Conversely, San Jose hasn't won in seven games, since May 11 against lowly Houston, and only have four goals during that stretch. At least San Jose gets to play at Avaya Stadium, where it's unbeaten at 5-0-3.