Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire

Dynamo look to continue strong home form Saturday at 3 p.m.

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Photo Credit: 
Brian Kersey / Chicago Fire

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.

TICKET INFORMATION
Dynamo-Chicago tickets
Breast Cancer Awareness package - includes chance to meet Bobby Boswell post-game
Budweiser Party Zone package

McDonald's 4-packs

GIVEAWAYS
5,000 pink Dynamo hats, courtesy of The Methodist Cancer Center
More Gameday Information

BROADCAST INFORMATION
La Ranchera 850 - 2:30 p.m.
SportsTalk 790 - 2:45 p.m. (post-Texas A&M football game)
KHOU 11.2 - 3 p.m.
TeleFutura - 3 p.m.
San Jacinto Post-Game Call-In Show with Glenn Davis - SportsTalk 790, 5:15 p.m.

POSTGAME
United Airlines Autograph Alley

PREVIEW
Two of the hotter teams in Major League Soccer meet at Robertson Stadium on Saturday afternoon when the Houston Dynamo take on the Chicago Fire. The Dynamo have moved near the top of the Eastern Conference in recent weeks, coming off a huge 1-0 victory at FC Dallas last weekend. The Fire won for the fifth time in six games at midweek, a stunning 3-0 win at Real Salt Lake that keeps them firmly in the playoff hunt.

REFEREE: Edvin Jurisevic. SAR (bench): Corey Parker; JAR (opposite): Steven Taylor; 4th: Armando Villarreal
Jurisevic MLS Career: 38 games; FC/gm: 21.9; Y/gm: 3.9; R: 4; pens: 5

INJURY REPORT (as of Friday, September 30): HOUSTON DYNAMO – DOUBTFUL: FW Cam Weaver (R hip strain) … CHICAGO FIRE – OUT: MF Gabriel Ferrari (L knee ACL reconstruction); DF Steven Kinney (lower abdominal strain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Sebastian Grazzini (R hamstring strain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS: SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: HOU: Brad Davis, Adam Moffat … CHI: Diego Chaves, Cory Gibbs, Dominic Oduro ... SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: HOU: Bobby Boswell, Danny Cruz, Hunter Freeman, Je-Vaughn Watson, Cam Weaver … CHI: Yamith Cuesta, Dan Gargan, Baggio Husidic, Josep Mikulic, Cristian Nazarit, Daniel Paladini, Logan Pause

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (11 meetings): Dynamo 6 wins, 19 goals … Fire 3 wins, 14 goals … Ties 2
AT HOUSTON (5 meetings): Dynamo 3 wins, 9 goals … Fire 2 wins, 8 goals … Ties 0

  • In their first meeting this season April 23 at Toyota Park, Houston’s Bobby Boswell scored in the 83rd minute, canceling out Diego Chaves’ early opener, as the teams ended in a 1-1 draw.
  • The Fire’s 2-0 win last April 24 at Toyota Park was their first against the Dynamo since the 2007 campaign. The Dynamo had won five games in a row vs. Chicago.
  • The Dynamo have won the last three meetings between the teams at Robertson Stadium.
  • Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear v CHI: P16 W7 L5 D4 … Frank Klopas vs. HOU: first game

LAST MEETING (MLS)
4/23: CHI 1, HOU 1 (Chaves 18 – Boswell 83)

  • The Fire took the lead with an opportunistic goal in the 18th minute. Marco Pappa's dribbling run was finally stopped just outside the box, but Diego Cháves beat Houston defender Corey Ashe to the loose ball, turning and sprinting into the right side of the area before blasting a 10-yard shot into the top left corner.
  • But the Dynamo were able to snatch the equalizer seven minutes from the end. Center back Bobby Boswell rose above Fire defender Yamith Cuesta to head home a Brad Davis corner kick to extend Houston’s unbeaten streak and Chicago’s winless streak.
  • CHICAGO FIRE (4-1-4-1): Jon Conway – Jalil Anibaba (Dasan Robinson 76), Josip Mikulic, Yamith Cuesta, Gonzalo Segares - Logan Pause - Marco Pappa, Diego Chaves, Baggio Husidic (Michael Videira 65), Patrick Nyarko - Dominic Oduro (Gaston Puerari 82)
  • HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-4-2): Tally Hall - Hunter Freeman (Je-Vaughn Watson 78), Bobby Boswell, Andre Hainault, Corey Ashe - Danny Cruz (Colin Clark 67), Lovel Palmer, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis - Cam Weaver, Will Bruin (Jason Garey 88).