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Howdy from Houston

It is a beautiful day deep in the heart of Texas: sun shining, a few clouds, surprisingly comfortable temperatures.

However, they are still predicting a chance of rain for gametime Sunday.

The flight down was fine and even arrived a tad early. And LOTS of Sounders fans -- an even a few club employees -- on board. Major presence of rave green and Sounders crests. And all well behaved ... which needs to end around noon tomorrow.

Soccerwise, here's today's the Houston Chronicle's Dynamo coverage, leading today with a story on Freddy Ljungberg. There's also this nod to the Sounders from writer Glenn Davis:

And how about the Sounders, who rightly have become the standard-bearers in MLS? They have exposed other MLS organizations for their minimal commitment to growing the game.

They have smashed attendance records and proven that soccer can be a draw in “off prime-time” slots. They have provoked conversation and have made many reassess their roles and ultimate destination in soccer.

Seattle has even lit a fire under MLS commissioner Don Garber, who now, along with some clubs around the league, has to deal with healthy pressure that comes from Seattle's success.

The Dynamo have an opportunity to burst the bubble of one of the biggest sports stories of the year with a win.