Our prediction for this MLS match:
Houston Dynamo will be aiming to overtake Vancouver Whitecaps in fourth place in the standings when the two teams face each other at Shell Energy Stadium. The Orange Crush are eyeing their tenth home win of the season and the bookies see them as favourites to win the midweek clash. Both Tate Schmitt and Ifunanyachi Achara remain in the recovery room, but there are no other injury worries in the home team.
The Canadians, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Toronto FC and their four-game unbeaten run is surely fueling optimism among fans ahead of the trip to Texas. Vancouver, though, are not regarded as good travellers and that is the main reason why we are going to bet on Houston, who have turned their Shell Energy Stadium into a real fortress. The likes of Sam Adekugbe, Thomas Hasal, and Luis Martins are injured for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Hector Herrera):
Mexico international Hector Herrera is a 26-year-old midfielder playing for Portugal giants FC Porto. Herrera began his career with Pachuca in 2010 and spent three years at the club before being sold to Porto. During his first season with the Dragons Herrera struggled for playing time, but he went on to cement his place in the starting eleven, becoming one of the most valuable players for the club.
Herrera has since them racked up over 110 performances for the Portugal side, scoring over 20 goals in the process. Full Mexico international since 2012, Hector Herrera represented his country at the 2014 World Cup.
During the summer of 2016 Herrera was heavily linked with a move away from Porto and was reported to have made a personal agreement with Italian side Napoli, but the €25 million asking price proved to be a stumbling block that ended up ruining the deal.
Highlighted Team (Vancouver Whitecaps):
Vancouver Whitecaps are yet another Canadian side that compete in Major League Soccer. Vancouver began play in the USA top flight in 2011 and one year later they became the first Canadian outfit to book their place in the MLS Cup play-offs. However, star-studded Los Angeles Galaxy proved to be a big catch for the Whitecaps in the knockout round. Vancouver, though, did remarkably well to win the Canadian Championship in 2015, with the team beating Montreal Impact in the title game.
In 2016 they made it to the final of the tournament as well, but Toronto FC eventually won the trophy. The Whitecaps are owned by Greg Kerfoot, Steve Luczo, Jeff Mallett and Steve Steve Nash, the former NBA star, and they play their home matches at BC Place. Speaking of MLS games, the capacity of the venue is 22.120 and you should know that the stadium was opened back in 1983. The Caps wear white shirts and white shorts when playing at home, while the colour of their away kit is blue.