Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Chivas USA

Today's First Kick match kicks off at 6 p.m. CT on Galavision

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The Basics
Houston Dynamo at Chivas USA
Sunday, March 11, 6 p.m. CT
The Home Depot Center, Carson, CA

All-time series: Dynamo lead 9-2-5 (2-3-2 at HDC)

BROADCAST INFORMATION
KPRC 950 - 5:30 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 5:30 p.m.
Galavision - 6 p.m.

PREVIEW
Barely four months ago, the Houston Dynamo were at The Home Depot Center in MLS Cup 2011. Now they start the 2012 season at the same place – taking on Chivas USA to kick off the new season. Chivas are looking to return to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in three years, while the Dynamo returned to their third MLS Cup in six years in Houston, their first since winning back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007.

REFEREE: Silviu Petrescu. SAR (bench): Darren Clark; JAR (opposite): Daniel Belleau; 4th: Paul Ward MLS Career: 39 games; FC/gm: 28.0; Y/gm: 3.9; R: 7; pens: 6

INJURY REPORT (as of Friday, March 9): OUT: MF Blair Gavin (R hamstring strain); MF Marvin Iraheta (R knee ACL tear); DF Michael Lahoud (R hamstring strain); PROBABLE: FW Alejandro Moreno (broken nose); DF John Valencia (L quad strain) ... HOUSTON DYNAMO -- NONE REPORTED

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • ALL-TIME (16 meetings): Chivas USA 2 wins, 12 goals ... Dynamo 9 wins, 27 goals ... Ties 5
  • AT CHIVAS USA (7 meetings): Chivas USA 2 wins, 10 goals ... Dynamo 2 wins, 9 goals ... Ties 3
  • LAST YEAR (MLS): 6/11: HOU 2, CHV 1 (Cameron 29; own goal 55 – Mondaini 7) 7/23: CHV 3, HOU 0 (Braun 31, 40, 86)
  • This is the only meeting between the teams this season.
  • Chivas USA defeated Houston 3-0 in their second meeting last year, July 23 at The Home Depot Center, the Red-and-White’s first league victory against the Dynamo since 2006 (a span of 12 games).
  • Chivas USA will end their history at Robertson Stadium winless all-time in league play (0-7-2). When they scored in last year’s first meeting there, it was the first goal by the rojiblancos in league play in Houston since their first visit, July 8, 2006.
  • Coaches record: Robin Fraser vs. HOU: P2 W1 L1 D0 ... Dominic Kinnear vs. CHV: P20 W11 L2 D7

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