Match Preview: Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy

Dynamo looking for top-3 finish in Eastern Conference

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The Basics
Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy
Sunday, October 23, 6 p.m. CT
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX

All-time series: Galaxy lead 8-4-4 (6-4-4 regular season)

Stadium gates open 4:30 p.m.

GIVEAWAYS
5,000 Dynamo scarves, courtesy of Greenstar Recycling
Collector's edition Dynamo Stadium magazine
More Gameday Information

BROADCAST INFORMATION
KPRC 950 - 5:30 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 5:30
FOX Sports Houston - 6 p.m.
Galavision - 6 p.m.
KPRC 950 (San Jacinto College Post-Game Call-In Show) - 8:15 p.m.

POSTGAME
United Airlines Autograph Alley

PREVIEW
By the time the final game of the 2011 regular season kicks off at Robertson Stadium, the Houston Dynamo will know what they must do against the LA Galaxy. The Dynamo can finish anywhere from first in the Eastern Conference to ninth place overall, and they will know what result they must get to play host to a wildcard game – or avoid it entirely. The Galaxy are aiming for the most points ever tallied by a club in a single MLS season, having won the Supporters’ Shield and sitting on 67 points with one game remaining, one short of the league record.

REFEREE: Jorge Gonzalez. SAR (bench): Greg Barkey; JAR (opposite): Jeff Hosking; 4th: Jasen Anno
Gonzalez MLS Career: 71 games; FC/gm: 24.5; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 23; pens: 21

INJURY REPORT (as of Friday, October 21): HOUSTON DYNAMO – OUT: FW Cam Weaver (R hip) ... LA GALAXY – OUT: DF Sean Alvarado (R knee surgery); DF Bryan Jordan (L middle finger tendon rupture); FW Robbie Keane (L adductor strain); DF Leonardo (R knee surgery); QUESTIONABLE: MF David Beckham (back spasms); DF Gregg Berhalter (R foot sprain); FW Landon Donovan (R quadriceps strain); DF Sean Franklin (R knee inflammation); GK Donovan Ricketts (R quad tightness)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (14 meetings): Dynamo 4 wins, 14 goals ... Galaxy 6 wins, 16 goals ... Ties 4 AT HOUSTON (7 meetings): Dynamo 2 wins, 6 goals ... Galaxy 3 wins, 6 goals ... Ties 2

  • When the teams first met this season, May 25 at The Home Depot Center, Landon Donovan scored the game’s only goal from the penalty spot in a Galaxy victory.
  • The victory extended the Galaxy’s unbeaten streak against Houston to five games in league play and six in all competitions. The Dynamo last won vs. LA on Oct.18, 2008, a 3-0 win.
  • The Dynamo haven’t defeated the Galaxy at The Home Depot Center since 2007, a 3-1 victory. The Galaxy have won three of the four league and MLS Cup meetings there since, including a 2-0 win in extra time in the 2009 Conference Championship.
  • Coaches record: Bruce Arena vs. HOU: P8 W5 L2 D1 ... Dominic Kinnear v LA: P22 W8 L9 D5

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