Houston Dynamo vs. New York Red Bulls: Top Storylines in Playoff Showdown

The New York Red Bulls may be the Supporters’ Shield winners and riding high with a current eight-game unbeaten streak, but anything can happen come playoff time.

The Red Bulls will face off against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday in the Eastern Conference semifinals. As with any postseason showdown, there are plenty of intriguing storylines to keep an eye on.

Let’s dig into a few.


New York’s Head-to-Head Dominance

New York ran rampant through much of the MLS this season—hence the Supporters’ Shield—but it was particularly strong against Houston.

The Red Bulls knocked off the Dynamo all three times they met by a combined score of 9-1. What’s more, two of those games took place in Houston. That’s the type of dominance that could come into play mentally for both squads if New York gets off to a quick start on Sund...

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