Houston, TX – The Houston Dynamo will go for their 34th consecutive home match without a loss across all competitions on Saturday when the MLS Cup runners-up host the San Jose Earthquakes at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Last week against the Vancouver Whitecaps, Houston fell behind in the 36th minute when Darren Mattocks ripped an unbelievable strike into the top right corner from outside the box.
But after the break, the Dynamo answered with goals from Giles Barnes and Warren Creavalle to snag a 2-1 victory, extending their unbeaten run at home in league play to 27 consecutive matches in the process.
Regular starters Brad Davis, Boniek Garcia and Jermaine Taylor all missed the Vancouver match due to international duty, but the Dynamo had several players step up in their victory over the Whitecaps.
"We don't talk about fill-ins, we talk about players and victories," Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear said after the match. "They're not here to replace somebody; they're here to keep us winning. When we step on the field they know the expectation is to try and win. Those guys did that tonight."
Kinnear will have Davis, Garcia and Taylor available on Saturday when his club attempts to tie the MLS record for most home games without a loss across all competitions.
"Our home is a fortress so we always have a little bit of an extra lift, kind of like a 12th man," said Barnes.
San Jose, meanwhile. is coming off a much-needed 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders at Buck Shaw Stadium last time out courtesy of a wonder-strike from Chris Wondolowski.
San Jose will look to extend its own unbeaten streak to four straight games, while Wondolowski and captain Ramiro Corrales are within reach of career milestones.
Corrales, a veteran of 15 MLS seasons, will play in his 300th MLS match should he see the field on Saturday, while Wondolowski is one start shy of 100 in his Earthquakes career.
The reigning Golden Boot winner debuted with the club on Sept. 10, 2005, playing one minute in a 3-0 win against Chivas USA. He made his first start with the Earthquakes in a 2-1 loss against Seattle Sounders FC on June 13, 2009 at CenturyLink Field.
San Jose will still be without a pair key players on Saturday as defender Steven Beitashour is still recovering from sports hernia surgery and forward Steven Lenhart will miss the match due to right knee surgery.
In 10 regular-season meetings between the clubs, Houston holds a slim 5-4-1 edge, including a 1-0 win over San Jose at AT&T Park in San Francisco on March 17, 2012.