2019 Season Preview: Houston Dynamo

With an attack that stacks up with any in the league ... the Houston Dynamo look set to build on their 2018 U.S. Open Cup triumph.

Talisman Alberth Elis flirted with the possibility of heading to Europe this offseason but remains in H-Town for now, as does last season's breakout star Mauro Manotas. A hot start in Texas will force the rest of the league take notice.

Star players

Key acquisitions and departures

Projected Starting XI

Team strengths and weaknesses

  • Strength: No defense in MLS wants to face Houston; the Dynamo have a quartet of attackers who, if they hit their stride, could embarrass any backline.
  • Weakness: Unfortunately, they have a bunch of question marks in the back four — one likely starter who is coming off injury, two others with a combined age of 71, and a fourth who has never played an MLS game.

Predictions

  • Ben Baer: 8th in West
  • Calen Carr: 6th in West
  • Charlie Davies: 11th in West
  • Matt Doyle: 8th in West
  • Bobby Warshaw: 11th in West
  • Andrew Wiebe: 7th in West

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