"3 Games. 7 Days. 9 Points."
That's the Houston Dynamo's promotional poster for this week, and it succinctly sums up the importance of the week.
On Sunday night the Dynamo started off the week in the best possible way, thrashing top side DC United, 4-0. On Wednesday, the Dynamo face off against Sporting KC, followed by a Saturday matchup against the Montreal Impact.
This is the biggest week of the season for the boys in orange, with three home games and a chance to make a real push for the playoffs.
The Dynamo are only eight points behind SKC and in fifth place in the conference (enough to make it to the play-in round of the MLS Cup playoffs). SKC leads the conference so a Dynamo win on Wednesday would go a long way towards shortening that gap.
On Saturday they face the Impact, who are currently only six points behind the Dynamo in the East. A good result is vital to making sure Montreal doesn't get closer in the standings, especially since the Impact are expected to improve once their new signings, Marco Di Vaio and Alessandro Nesta, get settled.
One thing is for sure: Defense will be the key for the Dynamo in the next two games. And the Dynamo defense should have confidence after keeping a clean shirt versus a strong DC side. But SKC have one of the most lethal offenses in the league, and the Impact just need their new duo to start playing well to be a great attacking side.
They could be at that point by Saturday.
Another thing that makes this week special for Dynamo fans is that these upcoming games could likely be Geoff Cameron's last in Houston.
The defender has been in fantastic form this season and has gotten his side out of a ton of messes. Stoke City have been heavily linked to the defender, and even Cameron himself said he may have played his last game with the Dynamo after their win over DC United.
If this is his last week with the Dynamo, he'll want to go out with clean sheets, and the Dynamo will look to get the maximum out of him before they sell him.
BBVA Compass Stadium should be an electrifying atmosphere for these next two matches, and the Dynamo will hope to continue their impressive unbeaten run at the new facility.
I will be tweeting live on location at BBVA Compass as Houston takes on Sporting KC, which is—in my opinion—the most crucial game of this important stretch.
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