Dynamo Return to MLS Playoffs for the First Time Since 2017


The Dynamo are set to make their eagerly awaited return to the 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs, with a Sunday clash against Real Salt Lake on the horizon. This playoff appearance marks the Dynamo's first since 2017, and they hold the advantage of home-field advantage at least in Round One. This significant achievement comes after a period of playoff absence, with the Dynamo failing to secure a postseason spot for eight of the past nine seasons. The team's efforts to revamp and enhance their performance included the appointment of coach Ben Olsen and the acquisition of several new players, most notably, attacking midfielder Amine Bassi, who has impressively scored 10 goals during the season. Mexican star midfielder Héctor Herrera, who joined the team midway through 2022, truly found his stride this year, contributing with four goals and an impressive 17 assists. The Dynamo concluded the regular season by securing fourth place in the Western Conference. They enter the playoffs riding a five-game unbeaten streak, a remarkable run that commenced a month ago with a 2-1 victory over Inter Miami in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup finals. The anticipation for Game 1 of the best-of-three series is building, with kickoff scheduled for 5 pm on Sunday at Shell Energy Stadium. Both teams have a storied history, having won 13 games each against each other since their inaugural clash in 2006. The Dynamo's most recent encounter with Real Salt Lake saw them emerge victorious with a commanding 3-0 scoreline on August 26. Cowboy Channel Plus