Match Preview: Dynamo vs. San Jose

Houston heads to San Francisco for match against former Western Conference foe

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Photo Credit: 
Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo at San Jose Earthquakes
Saturday, March 17, 4 p.m. CT
AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA

All-time series: Dynamo tied 4-4-1 (SJ leads 3-1-1 at home)

BROADCAST INFORMATION
Fox Sports Houston Plus - 4 p.m. (Comcast: 110; AT&T Uverse: 692/HD1692; DirecTV: SD 657/HD 657-1; Dish: SD 443/HD 9581)
MultiMedios - 3:30 p.m.
KPRC 950 - 3:30 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 3:30 p.m.
Click here for a list of channels you can watch the match in the Houston area

PREVIEW
The only meeting of the year between two clubs that share a common ancestry will come at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, when the San Jose Earthquakes take on the Houston Dynamo on Saturday afternoon. Both teams are coming off First Kick victories. The Quakes are coming off a 1-0 victory against the New England Revolution at Buck Shaw Stadium, while the Dynamo started their long road swing with a last-gasp 1-0 win at Chivas USA.

REFEREE: Chris Penso. SAR (bench): Brian Poeschel; JAR (opposite): Mike Rottersman; 4th: Yader Reyes MLS Career: 72 games; FC/gm: 24.6; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 23; pens: 21

INJURY REPORT PRESENTED BY THE METHODIST HOSPITAL SYSTEM: SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES -- OUT: MF Joey Gjertsen (R knee surgery); FW Alan Gordon (R hip surgery); DF Tim Ward (L non-specific soft tissue injury); QUESTIONABLE: MF Jacob Hustedt (L ankle surgery) ... HOUSTON DYNAMO -- NONE REPORTED

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: HOUSTON DYNAMO - Kofi Sarkodie (U.S. U-23s); SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES - Ike Opara (U.S. U-23s)

SUSPENDED: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (9 meetings): Earthquakes 4 wins, 13 goals ... Dynamo 4 wins, 13 goals ... Ties 1 AT SAN JOSE (5 meetings): Earthquakes 3 wins, 8 goals ... Dynamo 1 win, 5 goals ... Ties 1
LAST YEAR (MLS): 6/4: SJ 2, HOU 0 (Lenhart 69; Dawkins 90) 9/17: HOU 2, SJ 1 (Davis 47; Bruin 79 – Stephenson 40)

  • This is the only league meeting between the teams this season.
  • The two teams have shared a pitched rivalry since the Earthquakes returned to the league in 2008, after the Dynamo moved to Houston from San Jose in 2006.
  • They have split their season series in each of the four years since the Quakes’ return.
  • In nine all-time meetings, each team has won four (with one tie), and each team has scored 13 goals.
  • Coaches record: Frank Yallop vs. HOU: P15 W6 L6 D3 ... Dominic Kinnear vs. SJ: P9 W4 L4 D1