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21 October 9:57 am

We all know what happened this weekend. The Dynamo lost, and pretty much everyone else won. We won't rehash that. You're here for "how do the Dynamo get into the playoffs," and that's just what you'll get. First, the games that matter this weekend (in chronological order; all times CT):

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m.: Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City (NBC Sports Network)
  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 3 p.m.: Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact (MLS Live)
  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 12:30 p.m.: D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo (NBC)
  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m.: Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution (MLS Live)
  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 4 p.m.: New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire (UniMas)

The Dynamo can still finish anywhere from third- to seventh-place. We'll focus on what gets them into the playoffs (fifth-place or higher).

If the Dynamo win vs. D.C. United

AND one of Montreal, New England or Chicago ties or loses, the Dynamo will finish in fifth place

If the Dynamo win vs. D.C. United

AND two of Montreal, New England or Chicago ties or loses, the Dynamo will finish in fourth place

If the Dynamo win vs. D.C. United

AND all three of Montreal, New England or Chicago ties or loses, the Dynamo will finish in third place

If the Dynamo tie vs. D.C. United

AND New England loses AND Philadelphia ties or loses the Dynamo will finish in fifth place.

(Any result that has the Dynamo tied with other teams at 49 points will not favor the Dynamo in tiebreaker scenarios)


  1. Wins
  2. Goals for
  3. Goal differential
  4. Fewest disciplinary points
  5. Road goals
  6. Road goal differential
  7. Home goals
  8. Home goal differential
  9. Coing toss (two teams) or drawing of lots (three or more teams

Clear as mud? If you have questions on any of these scenarios, leave them in the comments below and we'll try to answer them as best we can. The easiest way in is for the Dynamo to take care of business in D.C. and for at least one of the teams above Houston (Montreal, New England, Chicago) to not win.


20 October 7:39 pm

Houston Dynamo fans honor retiring forward Brian Ching during his final regular season home match with a card stunt during the 25th minute of the Dynamo's match vs. the New York Red Bulls on Oct. 20, 2013.

For more information on Ching's career, retirement and testimonial match coming at the end of this season, click here.

20 October 2:04 pm

The Houston Dynamo and New York Red Bulls will meet for the second match in little more than a month in a crunch match in the Eastern Conference when the clubs face off Sunday afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo can clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs with a win and the right combination of other results, following their scoreless draw at Sporting KC last week. The Red Bulls have already booked their ticket to the postseason – but are now chasing the Supporters’ Shield – coming off a late 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution two weeks ago.

Broadcast Info

TV: CSN Houston / UniMas (Channel listings)
Radio: 1560 AM / 850 AM

Starting Lineups

Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe; García, Creavalle, Clark, Davis ©; Barnes, Bruin
Subs: Deric, Weaver, Carrasco, López, Brunner, Cummings, Driver

New York Red Bulls: Robles; Holgersson, Olave, Sekagya, Barklage; Alexander, McCarty, Cahill, Steele; Luyindula, Henry
Subs: Meara, Kimura, Miazga, Lade, Sam, Akpan, Wright-Phillips


Get up-to-the minute stats throughout the match


18 October 9:05 am

Steph gets you ready for Sunday's sold out match with the New York Red Bulls. Plus, a special guest stops by … with beer.

17 October 3:12 pm

Major League Soccer unveiled their playoff schedule on Thursday for the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs.

The playoffs will open with the Eastern and Western conference play-in games on October 30th and 31st, and will continue all the way until the MLS Cup Final on December 7th.

MLS has scheduled an extended break of almost two weeks between the first leg of the Conference Finals (Nov. 9-10) and  the second leg of the Conference Finals (Nov. 23-24), to allow all players a chance to play for their country during the international fixtures scheduled in mid-November.

The Dynamo have multiple players that could be affected by the international break, as the United States crosses the pond to play Scotland and Honduras will face Brazil in Miami. Both Brad Davis (USA) and Boniek García (Honduras) have been involved in recent World Cup qualifiers for their respective national teams.

After the Conference Finals have been played, MLS will take another break to observe the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. All parties involved should be plenty rested before the MLS Cup Final.

Here is what the playoff schedule looks like:

  • Knockout Games: Oct. 30-31 (Wed.-Thurs.)
  • Conference Semifinals, Leg 1: Nov. 2-3 (Sat.-Sun.)
  • Conference Semifinals, Leg 2: Nov. 6-7 (Wed.-Thurs.)
  • Conference Finals, Leg 1: Nov. 9-10 (Sat.-Sun.)
  • Conference Finals, Leg 2: Nov. 23-24 (Sat.-Sun.)
  • MLS Cup: Dec. 7 (Sat.)
17 October 10:02 am

Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis is back on the air tonight with a new episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College. The show will air on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM from 7-9 p.m.

Call in and give Glenn your thoughts on this weekend's home finale against the New York Red Bulls, and what you think of the Dynamo's playoff hopes and positioning. Glenn will also have interviews with Dynamo players and coaches throughout the night.

Listen in as Glenn talks everything Dynamo!

The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.

Click here to listen to a live stream.

16 October 11:49 am

Brad Davis saves Mexico? We need to root for the Galaxy? The Pulp breaks down the strangeness.