Match Preview: Dynamo vs. NY Red Bulls

Houston makes final stop before inaugural match at BBVA Compass Stadium

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Photo Credit: 
Jeff Zelevansky / Getty Images

THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo at New York Red Bulls
Wednesday, May 9, 6 p.m. CT
Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
All-time series: Red Bulls lead 3-2-7 (Red Bulls lead 3-0-3 at New York)

BROADCAST INFORMATION
KBME 790 - 5:30 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 5:30 p.m. 
MultiMedios Houston - 5:30 p.m.
FOX Sports Houston Plus - 6 p.m. (Comcast: 110; AT&T U-Verse:  SD= 692  HD=1692; DirecTV: SD=680 / HD=680-1; Dish Network:  SD=440 / HD=9575)

PREVIEW
The New York Red Bulls put their two-game winning streak on the line when they return home to entertain the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday evening at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls are coming off back-to-back 1-0 victories, last weekend winning at the LA Galaxy. The Dynamo are concluding their season-opening seven-game road swing, their last match a 3-2 loss at D.C. United two weekends ago.

REFEREE 
Sorin Stoica. SAR (bench): Kermit Quisenberry; JAR (opposite): Paul Scott; 4th: Hilario Grajeda

INJURY REPORT PRESENTED BY THE METHODIST HOSPITAL SYSTEM (As of Monday, May 7)
NEW YORK RED BULLS -- OUT: MF Teemu Tainio (R knee sprain); FW Thierry Henry (R hamstring strain); FW Jose Angulo (R knee sprain); DF Stephen Keel (back strain); DF Roy Miller (L knee effusion); DF Wilman Conde (L groin strain); PROBABLE: FW Juan Agudelo (L knee surgery recovery); DF Jan Gunnar Solli (L calf strain) … HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: FW Brian Ownby (L elbow dislocation); FW Colin Rolfe (R hamstring strain)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (12 meetings): Red Bulls 3 wins, 14 goals ... Dynamo 2 wins, 14 goals ... Ties 7
AT NEW YORK (6 meetings): Red Bulls 3 wins, 9 goals ... Dynamo 0 wins, 4 goals ... Ties 3

LAST YEAR (MLS)

  • 4/2: NY 1, HOU 1 (Richards 47 – Weaver 50)
  • 5/21: HOU 2, NY 2 (Davis 12; Koke 82 – Richards 1; Ballouchy 90)
  • The Dynamo haven’t defeated New York since a 1-0 win May 31, 2008. The Red Bulls have won three of the nine league and MLS Cup meetings since, with six draws (including the last three meetings).
  • The teams have played to draws in their last three league meetings in Houston. But the Red Bulls will close out their Robertson Stadium history having never a regular-season game there (0-2-4) – though they did win the second leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Series in 2008.
  • The Dynamo have never won at New York, with three wins and four draws in seven league and MLS Cup meetings all-time.
  • Coaches record: Hans Backe v HOU: P4 W1 L0 D3 … Dominic Kinnear vs. NY: P17 W5 L4 D8