MLS Regular Season

Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire

Dynamo look to continue strong home form Saturday at 3 p.m.
Preview: HOU-CHI
Chicago Preview
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The Dynamo used a late Bobby Boswell goal to tie Chicago in April.

The Basics
Houston Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire
Saturday, October 1, 3 p.m. CT
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX

All-time series: Houston leads 6-3-2

Reserve Game: Dynamo Reserves vs. Fire Reserves, 5:30 p.m., Robertson Stadium - fans wishing to stay for the Reserve League match may sit on the east side of Robertson Stadium.

Dynamo have found success when switching formations

Kinnear has found success in tweaking traditional 4-4-2 in games against Kansas City, Dallas
Dynamo have options to complement 4-4-2
Formation options
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Adam Moffat was part of a three-man central midfield against FC Dallas.

When the Houston Dynamo take the field on the average MLS matchday, there is normally little guesswork needed in regards to what formation Dominic Kinnear will use. The veteran head coach has been a devotee of the traditional 4-4-2 for most of his coaching career.

However, with teams around the league going away from the standard 4-4-2, Kinnear has widened the Dynamo's repertoire to combat the changes.

MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week

Hall gets fourth selection to lead all GKs, joined by Cameron and Moffat
MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week
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Houston had three players on the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week

The playoff race in the East is heating up, and more than a few teams are rising to the occasion.

Nine of the 11 players on this week's Team of the Week hail from the East, with leaders Houston Dynamo, D.C. United, Philadelphia Union and the New York Red Bulls all represented. United lead the way this week with three midfield players after Dwayne De Rosario, Andy Najar and Stephen King had standout performances against Real Salt Lake this weekend.

Vote Tally Hall for Save of the Week

Hall's one-handed save on Shea earns Save of the Week nomination
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Andre Hainault hugs Tally Hall after Houston's win over Dallas

Late goals "come down to determination"

Dynamo climb Eastern standings via late-game heroics
Dramatic flair
Dramatic flair
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Alex Dixon's August 20 winner is one of six dramatic goals in the last nine games.

The Houston Dynamo like to leave it late. So far this season, their ability to come up with late magic to get results has helped them rise to the summit of the Eastern Conference.

With Geoff Cameron’s 87th-minute winner Saturday against FC Dallas the latest example, the Dynamo have had a knack of being able to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat. In fact, Houston has scored a goal in the final 11 minutes to get a result 10 times this year, with five of those late goals earning wins.

But where does their late-game confidence come from?

Traveling support helps Dynamo get win away from home

Orange-clad fans help team earn fifth shutout, break road hex
Fan support keys first road win
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The Dynamo high-five supporters after their 1-0 win over Dallas.

Sixteenth time’s the charm.

That’s how many tries it took the Houston Dynamo to get a road win in 2011, but a Geoff Cameron header in the 87th minute at Pizza Hut Park on Saturday allowed the orange-clad boys from the Bayou City to finally put to rest their least favorite storyline of the season.

Cameron's the star in first away win of 2011

Central defender makes an impact on both sides of the ball in victory over rivals FC Dallas
Cameron leads Dynamo
Cameron proves spark
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As he has all season, Geoff Cameron came up big for the Houston Dynamo once again Saturday afternoon against FC Dallas.

Now featuring at center back, the 6-foot-3 defender found a way to provide his club with an offensive lift, scoring an 87th-minute winner to give Houston their first road win of the season and propelling the club into sole possession of first place in the East heading into Saturday night’s play. For Cameron, the goal capped a standout performance against the club’s major rivals, FC Dallas.

Dynamo 1, FC Dallas 0 -- postgame notes

Houston wins El Capitán for fourth time in six years with yet another late goal
HOU 1, FCD 0 -- postgame notes
Dynamo-Dallas notes
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Geoff Cameron stood out defensively and scored the winning goal.

The Houston Dynamo moved into first place for the first time since April 29 and won the season series with in-state rival FC Dallas for the fourth time in six years with a dramatic 1-0 road win Saturday afternoon at Pizza Hut Park. Houston, with 42 points, leads Kansas City and Columbus by one point, although the Crew play later Saturday night.

Cameron's late goal gives Dynamo first road win

Win vaults Dynamo into first place in Eastern Conference
Late game heroics
Road Warriors
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Geoff Cameron's late header gave the Dynamo a 1-0 win at Pizza Hut Park

Geoff Cameron scored with three minutes remaining as the Houston Dynamo earned their first road win of the season with a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday afternoon at Pizza Hut Park.

Armchair Analyst: Is Cameron a modern-day sweeper?

Dynamo defender's ability to push into attack has a familiar look
Is Cameron a modern-day sweeper?
A SWEEPER REBORN
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Everyone remembers what it felt like watching a sweeper get the ball on his foot, spot daylight and take off on a 50-yard sprint through the midfield. It was one of the great, truly exciting and almost always unexpected moments in our game.

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