LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Houston Dynamo are winless on the road, but they are still in good position to climb up the Eastern Conference standings.
The Dynamo can move into a tie for second place if they get their first road victory Wednesday night against the lowly New England Revolution.
Houston is 0-4-7 on the road, and this game is one of three in a seven-day stretch. The Dynamo (7-7-10) won 2-1 over Portland on Sunday and will return home to face Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
Adam Moffat and Brian Ching scored Sunday for Houston, which has two wins and a draw in its last three contests. The Dynamo moved into a tie for third place in the conference and are three points behind second-place Philadelphia.
"This is the way we should have been playing all year, especially at home, but we can't pat ourselves on the back just yet," Ching told the Dynamo's official website. "But we did jump up to third place in the East."
Carlo Costly played his second game with Houston and lasted 56 minutes in his first start after the Honduran forward also played for his country earlier in the week. It is unclear whether Costly will start Wednesday.
"He made an impact in this game and worked hard," Ching said. "He's a little tired with the travel and big games he's had, but we look forward to getting some good games from him."
Houston improved to 2-6-3 in MLS play against New England (4-11-9) with a 1-0 victory April 17. Defender Hunter Freeman scored in the 86th minute, and it remains his lone 2011 goal.
The Revolution fell to 0-2-2 in their last four after Saturday's 3-1 loss at Columbus. New England allowed three goals for the second straight match and has conceded 36 - the East's second-highest total.
"We need to make good decisions defending," coach Steve Nicol said. "When you don't get yourself in a good position defensively, that encourages the other team to get into those holes."
New England took the lead on Benny Feilhaber's goal right before halftime. For the second straight match, the Revolution then blew the advantage by allowing three goals over the final 45 minutes.
"There's stuff that happened with our team, that is week to week and I can't even understand it," Feilhaber said. "It's really frustrating and it's like that feeling like, here we go again. Honestly, I don't think we played that bad. We put good combinations together but it wasn't to be."
The Revolution are 0-3-2 in their last five home matches.
New England will want to be careful against Ching, who has scored eight times in 12 matchups including three in six with the Dynamo.