Match Preview: Dynamo at New York

Red Bulls, Dynamo hoping to re-ignite seasons

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Photo Credit: 
Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

The Basics

Houston (5-5-1) at New York (5-5-0)
6:30 p.m. CT
Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ

All-time record: New York leads the series 3-2-5 (2-2-4 regular season)

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Broadcast info

KHOU 11.2 (6:15 p.m. pregame)
FS Houston Plus (6:30 p.m.)
TV Informa (6 p.m.)
SportsTalk 790 (6 p.m. pregame)
La Ranchera 850 (6 p.m. pregame)

What's at stake?

Two teams, muddled in the middle of their conference standings, both
could use wins. Houston was dominant in the second half against
Philadelphia, but the Dynamo dropped a 3-2 result to the expansion side. New
York has lost its last four in league play and desperately needs a
win.

Last meeting

Houston scored first in a May 16 game at Giants Stadium last year, but a John Wolyniec
tally in the 88th minute gave the teams a split.

Heroes & Villains

Dane Richards vs. the Houston left side: Richards
always looks dangerous against Houston, terrorizing and seemingly
owning the right flank against the Dynamo since the 2008 playoff series
against the Orange. Richards will be moved back to the right wing after
starting the last two games up top.

Brian Ching vs. Mike Petke and Tim Ream: After
starting the season so well with consecutive shutout wins in league
play, the backline for New York has struggled a bit the past few games.
After a stint in national team camp last week, Ching is back with
Houston and scored as a second-half substitution in Saturday night’s
loss. Ching’s size and strength will be a handful for the New York
backline.

Stat that makes you go, “Hmm …”

After conceding just four goals in their first six games, the Red
Bulls have given up 11 goals in their last four in league play. Over
their last four games, Houston has scored seven goals.

He said it

“I don’t want to say it is a ‘must-win game,’ but it is certainly a
‘must-point game’ for us right now.” – New York midfielder Dane Richards
on the importance of Wednesday's game.