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The Philadelphia Union lead the Eastern Conference, but it has been two months since they last won consecutive MLS matches.

They'll look to change that Sunday night against the visiting Houston Dynamo, who will try to avoid a season-high fourth straight defeat.

Philadelphia (12-7-6) is 3-3-2 since posting back-to-back wins over Minnesota United FC and the New York Red Bulls on June 2 and 8, respectively. However, the Union have a chance to finally make it two in a row again after rolling to a 5-1 victory at D.C. United last weekend.

Marco Fabian had two goals with an assist and Kacper Przybylko scored his 10th of the season as Philadelphia bounced back from a 4-0 loss at Montreal.

"Regular season is coming to an end and (there are) a lot of teams right there in the East," midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, who scored his third of the season versus D.C., told the Union's official website. "It's tight in the East.

"We have a home game (this weekend) and we have to protect home-field advantage. So yeah, hopefully we can keep it going."

Philadelphia is 2-0-2 at home since losing 3-1 there to Portland on May 25 - just its second 2019 defeat at Talen Energy Stadium. The Union will also try for a third consecutive victory over Houston (9-12-3), which has just three MLS victories over its last 16 games.

The Dynamo dropped a heartbreaker on Thursday at New York City FC, 3-2. Juan Cabezas equalized for the visitors in the 26th minute and Mauro Manotas put Houston, which played with 10 men after Romell Quioto was booked with a straight red card for a careless elbow, ahead 2-1 in the 77th. However, NYCFC leveled the match on 83 minutes and Valentin Castellanos set the home supporters into a frenzy with his winner in the third minute of stoppage time.

"Difficult circumstances, but I think we managed the situation the best way possible," a frustrated coach Wilmer Cabrera told the Dynamo's official website.

"We played a very tactical game. Solid, solid game. The guys played hard. It's sad that we didn't gain at least a point.

Manotas has scored two of his team-leading nine goals this season over his last four games.

Updated August 9, 2019

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