Match Preview: Dynamo at Revolution

Houston seeks tie for second place, first road win on Wednesday night

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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

The Basics
Houston Dynamo at New England Revolution
Wednesday, August 17, 7:00 p.m. CT
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA

All-time record: New England leads 6-3-5 (6-2-3 regular season)

BROADCAST
La Ranchera 850 - 6:30 p.m.
KHOU 11.2 - 7:00 p.m.
FOX Sports Houston - 7:00 p.m.
KPRC 950 - 7:00 p.m.

GAME GUIDE
Downloadable PDF coming soon

PREVIEW
MLS Cup foes in back-to-back years, the New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo meet in a key Eastern Conference matchup at midweek at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. The Revolution need to make a move if they are going to get back into the MLS Cup Playoffs picture, coming off of a 3-1 loss at Columbus last weekend. The Dynamo are coming off of a 2-1 home win against Portland that moved them into third in the East.

REFEREE: Michael Kennedy. SAR (bench): Kermit Quisenberry; JAR (opposite): Bill Dittmar; 4th: Jose Carlos Rivero
Kennedy MLS Career: 137 games; FC/gm: 28.9; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 24; pens: 47

INJURY REPORT: NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION –
OUT: DF Franco Coria (L knee MCL sprain); FW Kheli Dube (whiplash); FW
Rajko Lekic (R great toe fracture); MF Sainey Nyassi (R knee MCL sprain) … HOUSTON DYNAMO – OUT: FW Will Bruin (L knee surgery); MF Danny Cruz (R quad strain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Colin Clark (L knee injury)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: None
SUSPENDED: None
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: NE: Pat Phelan … HOU: Brad Davis
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: NE: Ryan Cochrane, Franco Coria, Rajko Lekic, Stephen McCarthy … HOU: Danny Cruz, Cam Weaver

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (10 meetings): Revolution 6 wins, 15 goals … Dynamo 2 wins, 9 goals … Ties 3
AT NEW ENGLAND (5 meetings): Revolution 2 wins, 8 goals … Dynamo 1 win, 6 goals … Ties 2

  • Hunter Freeman’s 86th-minute tally was the only goal of the game
    as the Dynamo won the first meeting this season, April 17 at Robertson
    Stadium, Houston’s first home win ever vs. New England.
  • The win was just the Dynamo’s second all-time against New England
    in the league series. The first came May 3, 2009 at Gillette Stadium, a
    2-0 victory.
  • However, the Dynamo did of course win two MLS Cups against the
    Revolution, on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw in 2006, and a 2-1 win
    in MLS Cup 2007.
  • Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear v NE: P16 W5 L6 D5 … Steve Nicol vs. HOU: P11 W6 L2 D3

LAST MEETING
4/17: HOU 1, NE 0 (Freeman 86)

  • The talking points began early in the second half, when Bobby
    Boswell redirected a corner kick goalward. It was cleared from the line
    by Zack Schilawski and referee Alex Prus did not give the goal, though
    the Dynamo felt it had crossed the line.
  • Then in the 86th minute, there was more. Cam Weaver hammered a
    header from another corner, the ball ricocheting straight up off the
    crossbar. Hunter Freeman got between Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis and
    the goal line, and the ball bounced off his arm and into the goal for
    the winner.
  • HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-4-2): Tally Hall - Hunter Freeman, Bobby
    Boswell, Andre Hainault, Corey Ashe - Danny Cruz (Colin Clark 75), Lovel
    Palmer, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis - Will Bruin (Jason Garey 88), Cam
    Weaver.
  • NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-3-2-1): Matt Reis - Kevin Alston, Franco
    Coria (Ryan Cochrane 79), A.J. Soares, Darrius Barnes - Zak Boggs,
    Stephen McCarthy, Chris Tierney - Marko Perovic, Zack Schilawski (Kenny
    Mansally 79) – Rajko Lekic

HOUSTON DYNAMOThe Houston Dynamo won for the second time in three games, getting a pair of first-half goals in a 2-1 defeat of the
Portland Timbers on Sunday evening at Robertson Stadium. The Dynamo have 31 points from 24 games on the season,
sitting in a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference.

LAST MATCH

  • The Dynamo took the lead after 17 minutes. A Bobby Boswell shot
    off a corner was blocked and deflected out some 40 yards from goal --
    where Adam Moffat hit a thunderous strike that beat Portland goalkeeper
    Troy Perkins into the upper right corner.
  • Houston then doubled their lead in the 27th minute, when Brad
    Davis slipped in Colin Clark, who nutmegged a defender for Brian Ching
    to finish from close range.
  • The Timbers pulled a goal back in the 56th minute when Sal Zizzo
    found Darlington Nagbe with a cross at the back post, and he headed back
    for Jack Jewsbury, whose thumping volley took a deflection on its way
    to the back of the net.
  • Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear made one change to the team that
    got a late goal for a 1-1 draw with Philadelphia Union at PPL Park.
    Carlo Costly came into the first XI ahead of Cam Weaver.
  • HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-4-2): Tally Hall - Hunter Freeman, Andre
    Hainault, Bobby Boswell, Corey Ashe - Colin Clark (Je-Vaughn Watson 69),
    Adam Moffat, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis (Jermaine Taylor 80) - Brian
    Ching, Carlo Costly (Cam Weaver 56).

TEAM NEWS

  • The Dynamo have lost just once in their last eight games, winning three and drawing four in that time.
  • “We have leapfrogged some teams in the Eastern Conference and put ourselves in a pretty good spot,” said Dynamo boss Dominic Kinnear. “We will move on from this one and move on to Wednesday’s match.”
  • Houston’s Brad Davis took sole possession of the MLS lead in assists with 11, starting the sequence that led to Brian Ching’s goal vs. Portland on Sunday.
  • Carlo Costly was given his first MLS start, starting in attack
    alongside Ching after coming on for the final 29 minutes the week before
    vs. Philadelphia in his first game with the Dynamo.
  • “We’ve played a-game-and-a-half together. He is a good player, fun
    to play with, and you saw he made an impact in this game,” said Ching.
    “He was a little tired from all the travel and the games he had, but you
    can look for some big games from him. He came in with the right
    attitude, all the guys like him, and I’m glad to have him on the team.”
  • Costly also played 56 minutes after scoring at midweek for the
    Honduran national team. “In the first half, the coach told me to not get
    too close to Brian Ching,” he said. “We took turns to get into
    different positions up front. Little by little, I’m starting to get to
    know the players more, and I hope this works out for the best for all of
    us.”
  • Adam Moffat scored against his former club with the long-range strike, his first goal since July 3 of last year, when he was with Columbus.
  • “When you are out there against your old teammates, you want to
    get stuck in. I had a couple challenges to let them know I was there as
    well,” Moffat said. “It was a good strike that went in. I was happy and
    delighted, but like I said, it was the three points that mattered.”
  • Ching now has three goals in his last three games, and all four of his goals on the season have come since June 25. He has started seven of the last eight games for Houston.
  • “This is going to be a test of our character with the games coming
    up back-to-back-to-back and ending with arguably one of the best teams
    in the league in Real Salt Lake,” Ching said. “It’s a good test to see
    where we are at the end of this week, and hopefully we continue to play
    well and put our stamp on the Eastern Conference.”

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
The New England Revolution went down to a second consecutive defeat, falling 3-1 to the Columbus Crew on Saturday evening at Crew Stadium. The Revolution have 21 points from 24 matches, in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

LAST MATCH

  • The Revolution took the lead just before the break. Pat Phelan
    shook off a challenge in the area and laid the ball square in a return
    pass for Benny Feilhaber, and he lashed home a low shot past William
    Hesmer.
  • The equalizer came in the 54th minute when New England defender
    Kevin Alston stuck out a foot to prevent a chip from Andrés Mendoza
    reaching fellow forward Tommy Heinemann, but the ball flew over the head
    of onrushing goalkeeper Matt Reis.
  • On 75 minutes, the Crew took the lead when Julius James powered
    home a header from close range at the near post after a corner kick from
    Josh Gardner.
  • Emilio Renteria then finished off the scoring six minutes later
    when he turned home a shot all alone in front of goal from a rolling
    cross by Robbie Rogers from the right corner.
  • Revolution head coach Steve Nicol made two changes to the team
    that fell 3-2 to Chivas USA at Gillette Stadium. A.J. Soares came into
    the back four for Ryan Cochrane, and Pat Phelan returned to the lineup
    for Sainey Nyassi.
  • NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-1-4-1): Matt Reis - Kevin Alston, A.J.
    Soares, Darrius Barnes, Chris Tierney - Pat Phelan - Benny Feilhaber,
    Stephen McCarthy (Zak Boggs 79), Shalrie Joseph, Zack Schilawski (Kenny
    Mansally 68) - Milton Caraglio (Diego Fagundez 79).

TEAM NEWS

  • The Revolution conceded three goals for a second consecutive game,
    and for the fourth time in their last seven games, dating back to July
    4.
  • “We need to make good decisions defending. When you don’t get
    yourself in a good position defensively, that encourages the other team
    to get into those holes, and that’s exactly what they did,” said
    Revolution head coach Steve Nicol.
  • Now with 23 goals scored on the season, the Revolution rank at the
    bottom of MLS. Their 0.96 goals per games is level with Toronto FC at
    the foot of the MLS table, the only two teams in the league averaging
    less than a goal per game.
  • “At the end of the day we can’t keep the possession, and we can’t
    keep the ball when we need to and it came back to cost us,” said Shalrie
    Joseph. “The goal comes from us giving up possession and us not being
    solid enough defensively. We knew they were going to send numbers
    forward, but that’s what happens when you’re not solid defensively and
    mentally and it’s costing us points.”
  • The Revs have won just once in their last 14 games (since
    mid-May), a 1-0 win at D.C. United on July 20. Their last two wins have
    come by 1-0 scorelines.
  • “There’s stuff that happened with our team, that is week to week,
    and I can’t even understand it,” said Benny Feilhaber “It’s really
    frustrating and it’s like that feeling like, here we go again. Honestly,
    I don’t think we played that bad. We put good combinations together but
    it wasn’t to be.”
  • After playing with a strike pair featuring Milton Caraglio and
    Zack Schilawski, Nicol returned to a three-pronged attack, with Caraglio
    as the spearhead and Schilawski and Feilhaber filling the wider roles.
  • Pat Phelan recorded his third assist of the season, level with Feilhaber for the team lead.
  • The Revolution return home for back-to-back games at Gillette
    Stadium after their four-game unbeaten streak on the road came to end in
    Columbus.