Tonight’s Houston-RSL match isn’t the most important game of the season but…

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We’re not above hyperbole here on PST.

Here’s the situation: The Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake play tonight at BBVA Compass Stadium. It’s vitally important for both squads.

The Dynamo, who were on top of the Eastern Conference a short while ago, are tied for fourth with the unstoppable (yeah, yeah Wednesday night’s loss aside) Columbus Higuain Crew and only a point ahead of a D.C. United team that’s much better than they’ve been playing.

RSL is in better shape, sitting in second place in the Western Conference on 46 points, but it hasn’t been pretty lately for Jason Kreis’ club. Mojo=gonzo, especially away from home. Changes need to be made.

More fun facts, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com’s amazing preview. (Seriously, have you seen these things? They are chalk full of good stuff:

* Both teams will be without vital cogs due to international duty. For Houston, Boniek Garcia (Honduras), Andre Hainault (Canada), and Jermaine Taylor and Je-Vaughn Watson (both Jamaica) are out while Kreis’ lineup lacks Kyle Beckerman (USA); Alvaro Saborio (Costa Rica), and Will Johnson (Canada).
* The Dynamo have never lost to RSL at home. They’ve won seven of eight meetings there, with one draw — that lone result for RSL coming June 20, 2009. (In fact, Real are 0-17-3 in the Lone Star State.)
* The Dynamo are winless in their last four.
* RSL hadn’t won for four straight before slipping by a reeling United team 1-0 in Salt Lake. That doesn’t exactly inspire massive confidence, now does it?

The teams will take the field, the boys will ball, the fans will cheer. The winner will gain some momentum and set themselves up for a strong finish to the season. The loser, well, just don’t lose.