ROME (AP) – The next game for the Houston Dynamo could represent their best chance to finally break through on the road.
The surging Dynamo are unbeaten in their last five matches as they look for their first road win Saturday night against the league's worst team, the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps.
These teams, along with Toronto FC, are the only MLS squads without a road victory. Houston (8-7-11) is 0-4-8 away from Robertson Stadium.
The Dynamo, however, have won three times and drawn twice in their last five. They have moved into third place in the Eastern Conference, trailing second-place Sporting Kansas City by one point.
Houston rallied from a second-half deficit last Saturday. Bobby Boswell scored the tying goal in the 69th minute and Alex Dixon the winner in stoppage time in a 3-2 victory over Real Salt Lake.
"It means a lot to help the team build confidence," Dixon said. "Like I said before, the most important thing is the team, and we are just trying to get to the playoffs and make our run."
Midfielder Brad Davis was credited with two assists to take his league-leading total to a career-high 13. He has become part of the conversation for MLS MVP honors.
"He's risen to be the man and is the go-to guy," midfielder Corey Ashe told the Dynamo's official website. "I think everybody knows he hits set pieces as one of the best in the league and is just a very good overall player. He's got that confidence and kind of has that swagger about him, and it helps us."
Davis could be a key figure in this match since he assisted on all three goals in a 3-1 victory over Vancouver (3-13-9) on April 10.
The Whitecaps are eager to return home after losing consecutive road matches. They fell 2-1 at Portland last Saturday, and the loss was overshadowed by star striker Eric Hassli leaving the field after he was substituted late and not staying to watch the end of the match.
Hassli has apologized to the team and its fans.
"It's on me and I regret doing that now, but I have to look forward not backwards," Hassli said through an interpreter. "I just don't want to give the wrong impression to the other players, I have a lot of respect for them."
The French striker is tied for third in the league with 10 goals. He was spectacular in his last home match with two goals and an assist in a 4-2 win over Chicago on Aug. 7.
The Whitecaps have been thrilled with the fan support in their first season, and are hoping to reward that loyalty with some thrills down the stretch despite being out of contention.
"I remember a couple games ago, we were down 2, 3-0 and all the supporters stayed in the stadium and support us till the last minute," defender Davide Chiumiento said. "For the supporters, I can just say great and I hope they will be a little bit patient."