Match Preview | St Louis CITY2 Continues Playoff Push in Duel with Houston Dynamo 2


St Louis CITY2 (8-8-8, 37 points) is heading to the Lone Star State for a showdown with Houston Dynamo 2 (10-10-4, 37 points) on Sunday, September 3, at SaberCats Stadium. The match kicks off at 5:30 p.m. CT and will be streamed on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app.

When the teams met at CITYPARK back on matchday three, Dynamo Dos got the better of CITY2. St. Louis sprung out to a 1-0 lead in the 4th minute, but the away side answered with three goals to lock up the win. With a victory on Sunday, CITY2 would leapfrog Houston in the MLS NEXT Pro Western Conference standings as both teams continue their playoff pushes.

Unbeaten through their last six contests (four wins, two draws), CITY2 comes into the match looking to earn a seventh-straight result and tie the longest unbeaten streak in CITY2 history, which the team set in 2022 (five wins, two draws). In their last match, St. Louis came from behind to knock off visiting side San Jose Earthquakes II. Quakes II jumped ahead by converting a penalty kick attempt in the 23rd minute, but a brace from forward Caden Glover and goal from midfielder Faysal Bettache over a nine-minute stretch ignited the comeback victory.

Glover now has six (6) goals this season, good for second most on the team. Although his four-match goal scoring streak came to an end, midfielder John Klein snagged a goal contribution for a fifth straight match by linking up with Glover on the forward’s first goal. Defender Selmir Pidro and midfielder Max Schneider both also assisted on goals against San Jose, with Schneider’s giving the midfielder his team-leading fifth assist of the season.

Goalkeeper Michael Creek made five (5) saves against San Jose, tying his single-game high from earlier in the season. Creek now has seventeen (17) total saves this season.

On the road this season, CITY2 is 3-4-4 (15 points) but is unbeaten over their last two away outings, drawing Quakes II and then drawing Minnesota United FC 2. On the other side, Houston is 4-5-3 (17 points) and has picked up points in four of their last five home matches.

Dynamo Dos are looking to rebound after losing 4-0 to LA Galaxy II in their last match. Houston has been an offensive threat this season, sitting tied for the ninth most goals (44) and seventh most key passes (229) in MLS NEXT Pro. Forward Papa Ndoye and midfielder Diego Gonzalez have spearheaded this attack. Ndoye’s eleven (11) goals are tied for the tenth most in MLS NEXT Pro, while Gonzalez’s forty-five (45) key passes are the second most in the league.