DC United vs. Houston Dynamo: 5 Key Battles to Watch in MLS Playoff 2nd Leg

When the Houston Dynamo walk into RFK Stadium this Sunday, an appearance in the 2012 MLS Cup is there for the taking.

After a hard-fought regular season, DC United is now faced with the daunting task of overcoming a two-goal deficit in order to stave off elimination. A more concerted effort by United will be necessary if it wants to continue its Cinderella run.

Unfortunately for DC, the pesky Dynamo continue to dominate in the playoffs, especially on the road. 

Houston’s 3-9-5 road record and -12 goal differential in the regular season are the most irrelevant stats in MLS.

As much as United fans continue to champion those statistics and transform them into some sort of rallying cry, the fact remains that Houston is a much better road team come playoff time. The Chicago Fire and Sporting Kansas City can attest to that.

Given the tactical acumen of Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear, a two-goal lead is almost insurmoun...

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