Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) - The Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire are both in the thick of the playoff race in a tight Eastern Conference, and the two sides will get together with three big points on the line at Toyota Park on Sunday.
The two sides are separated by just two points ahead of Sunday's contest, and the Dynamo will be eager to erase the memory of their last league outing.
A confident Houston side was coming off of a 3-1 win over Seattle in its previous game as the club traveled across the border to face Montreal.
But a 5-0 pasting at the hands of the Impact followed, marking the worst defeat in franchise history.
"It was a poor performance on the field against a team of Montreal's caliber and hence you're going to get a lot of goals scored on you," Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall said following the drubbing. "We didn't play well [enough] to get a win, not even to get a tie."
But Houston showed some resilience on Tuesday by bouncing back with a 2-1 victory over Arabe Unido in CONCACAF Champions League play, and head coach Dominic Kinnear will be hoping for more of the same.
The Fire brings some momentum into the contest having won three of their last four games.
A 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City last time out not only netted the club three points, but also its first clean sheet since June 2.
"It was about time," defender Gonzalo Segares said. "I think that it was a great moment against a very difficult team. We needed it. We needed that shutout and that victory. I think if we keep pushing, we're right in the mix for the playoffs."
Chicago has won six of its last seven games at Toyota Park, and another victory on Sunday would push the club further into the playoff discussion.
And another good performance from the defense would take some of the pressure off the team's attack, which has been required to score multiple goals in winning six of its last 10 contests.