Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Colorado Rapids not only have to overcome
an abundance of injury problems on Sunday in Houston, but they also have to
overcome the Dynamo's 35-match home unbeaten streak in all competitions.
Colorado had a modest two-game winning streak snapped last time out by Seattle
Sounders FC. But maybe more worrying is the number of players who will be
unavailable to head coach Oscar Pareja for the trip to Houston.
Midfielders Martin Rivero and Jaime Castrillon, last year's leading assist
man and goalscorer, respectively, are out with long-term injuries, while
captain Pablo Mastroeni, starting goalkeeper Matt Pickens, center back Diego
Calderon and newcomer Kevin Harbottle are also sidelined.
To make matters worse, rookie Deshorn Brown was injured in training last week,
and then forward Edson Buddle was scratched just before game with Seattle due
to right knee pain, the same injury that forced him to miss the first four
games of this season.
But it didn't stop there as defender Marvell Wynne went down with a right quad
strain during the match.
"Seriously, it's unbelievable," Pareja said of the injury situation. "I had to
check if I had seen it before. I have not. Not that I can remember."
Colorado does have a six-game unbeaten streak against Houston, but that
figures to be severely tested on Sunday.
The Dynamo has won all four of its matches at BBVA Compass Stadium this
season, but head coach Dominic Kinnear has injury issues of his own to contend
With Boniek Garcia already out because of Achilles problems, Kinnear watched
as both Brad Davis and Adam Moffat went down in a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC
last time out.
Both Davis and Moffat needed to be replaced by halftime, while forward Omar
Cummings has also been struggling with injuries.
Cummings was brought in to be paired with Will Bruin, but he has only played
sparingly since returning from preseason knee surgery.
"You don't want players to get injured at all, but if they do you'd like to
see it spread out through the course of a season and not all at once," Kinnear
said of his team's injury situation.
Sunday's game may come down to attrition more than talent, but so far this
season, the confines of BBVA Stadium have been enough to carry the Dynamo to
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