The Houston Dynamo (14‐11‐9/51 points/No. 4 seed) host the Montreal Impact (14‐13‐7/49 points/No. 5 seed) on Thursday night at BBVA Compass Stadium in the MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Knockout Round. The Dynamo clinched the fourth seed in the East and a place in the playoffs with a 2‐1 win at D.C. United on Sunday. The Impact fell at Toronto FC 1‐0 on Saturday but qualified for the playoffs for the first time after entering MLS in 2012. The Dynamo and Impact will play for the fourth time this season after three encounters in the regular season. The winner of Thursday’s game will advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals and host the New York Red Bulls on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CT.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Brunner, Ashe; García, Creavalle, Clark, Davis ©; Barnes, Bruin
Subs: Deric, López, Carrasco, Chabala, Weaver, Cummings, Driver
Montreal Impact: Perkins; Rivas, Brovsky, Ferrari ©, Camara; Pisanu, Bernadello, Warner, Mapp; Wenger, Di Vaio
Subs: Bush, Bernier, Le, Martin, DeLeon, Nyassi, Pajoy
The Dynamo host the Montreal Impact at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round. Here are 12 reasons to attend tonight’s MLS Cup Playoff game between the Dynamo and Montreal:
#12 Halloween trick-or-treat. Children with a game ticket can trick-or-treat in the comfort of the rain-protected BBVA Compass Stadium concourse, with candy available in the stadium suites and sponsorship area between 6:00 and 6:45 p.m. tonight.
#11 Costume contest. There will be a pregame costume contest at Orange Avenue before the game. Finalists will be voted on at halftime by the stadium crowd.
#10 The Dynamo have been in the playoffs 7 of 8 years, and three years in a row.
#9 The Dynamo are 12-7-4 all-time in the MLS Cup Playoffs, the third-best postseason win percentage in MLS history.
#8 The Dynamo begin their quest to reach a third straight MLS Cup Final, and win a fifth conference championship in eight years.
#7 A year ago Will Bruin scored four goals in the playoffs to set a franchise record for goals in a single postseason, surpassing Brian Ching, who scored three in the 2006 postseason.
#6 Last Halloween, the Dynamo went to Chicago and beat the Fire, 2-1, in the Knockout Round behind two goals from Bruin.
#5 Brad Davis has appeared in 22 of Houston’s 23 playoff games in franchise history, starting 21. The only playoff game Davis has not played in with Houston was the 2011 MLS Cup Final, which he missed due to a quadriceps injury suffered in the Eastern Conference Final.
#4 Dominic Kinnear is 13-9-5 as a head coach in the MLS Cup playoffs. With his next win, Kinnear will tie Bob Bradley for third on the MLS playoff wins list.
#3 Late goals are more fun. Of Houston’s 31 all-time playoff goals, 18 have been scored after the 60th minute (58%), including four overtime goals. Three were scored by Brian Ching, with a tying header in the 2006 MLS Cup Final and game-winners in the second leg of Western Conference Semifinals in 2007 and 2009.
#2 The Dynamo are 8-1-0 all-time in home playoff games and have the best home win percentage (.889) in MLS history. Houston has outscored opponents 18-6 in home playoff games.
#1 Win or go home. They need to win tonight to advance to meet the New York Red Bulls, with the first leg at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CT.
Tickets are still available here, by calling 713-276-GOAL or by visiting the BBVA Compass Stadium ticket office (2200 Texas St., Houston).
It's playoff time in Houston, and with the Dynamo's Eastern Conference Knockout Round match against the Montreal Impact at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, we've got you covered on how to make sure you don't miss a second of it.
- BBVA Compass Stadium: The best way to catch the game is to be at the game, obviously. Tickets are still available here, including our popular Beer Garden and McDonald's 4-Pack options. We'll even have trick-or-treating and costume contests going on for your Halloween enjoyment. (If you're worried about the weather, forecasts have the skies clearing up before kickoff!)
- CSN Houston: Join Glenn Davis, Eddie Robinson and Sebastian Salazar for this all-important, do-or-die matchup on the official home of the Houston Dynamo.
- NBC Sports Network: Don't get CSN? NBC Sports Network is simulcasting the broadcast throughout the nation with no blackout restrictions in the Houston area.
- MLS Live: If you're on the go, the match is also available on MLS Live, again with no blackout restrictions.
There you have it. All of the ways to watch the Dynamo start another run at the MLS Cup.
This Week, the Houston Dynamo take on the Montreal Impact in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets are available for the match (Thursday, 7:30 p.m. CT) by clicking here.
Giles Barnes was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for the third time after his performance vs. D.C. United on Sunday. Here's what the editors had to say:
Came up big for Houston when they needed it most in a must-win game at D.C. United that saw the Dynamo come away 2-1 victors. Drew the penalty for the opener before scoring the winner to cap off a hard-working performance.
Check out the full team here.