Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union

Tickets still remain for Saturday's match

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Photo Credit: 
Courtesy Philadelphia Union

THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union
Saturday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
All-time series: Union lead 2-0-2

BROADCAST INFORMATION
La Ranchera 850 - 7 p.m.
SportsTalk 790 - 7 p.m.
MultiMedios Houston - 7:30 p.m.
FOX Sports Houston - 7:30 p.m.

PREVIEW
The Houston Dynamo and Philadelphia Union face off for the first time this season when the Eastern Conference clubs clash Saturday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo saw their road winless run extended last weekend, falling 4-2 to the Montréal Impact. Union put an end to their long overall winless streak, rolling to a 4-0 win against Sporting Kansas City at PPL Park.

REFEREE 
Fotis Bazakos. SAR (bench): Frank Anderson; JAR (opposite): George Gansner; 4th: Jorge Luna Hernandez MLS Career: 3 games; FC/gm: 24.3; Y/gm: 2.3; R: 0; pens: 0

INJURY REPORT PRESENTED BY THE METHODIST HOSPITAL SYSTEM (As of Tuesday, June 26)
HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: DF Alex Dixon (concussion); MF Calen Carr (L hamstring strain); DOUBTFUL: DF Oscar Recio (concussion); MF Je-Vaughn Watson (L adductor strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Jermaine Taylor (R hip flex- or strain) ... PHILADELPHIA UNION – OUT: FW Chandler Hoffman (L big toe fracture); FW Krystian Witkowski (concussion symptoms); DOUBTFUL: DF Sheanon Williams (R big toe avulsion fracture); PROBABLE: DF Gabriel Farfan (lower back/pelvis contusion); DF Chris Albright (R groin strain); MF Gabriel Gomez (L knee contusion/patellar tendonitis)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: None

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • ALL-TIME (4 meetings): Dynamo 0 wins, 4 goals ... Union 2 wins, 6 goals ... Ties 2
  • AT HOUSTON (2 meetings): Dynamo 0 wins, 2 goals ... Union 2 wins, 4 goals ... Ties 0
  • RETURN MATCHES: 9/23: Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo, 4 p.m. ET; 10/20: Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union, 6:30 p.m. CT (NBC SN)
  • LAST YEAR (MLS): 3/19: HOU 0, PHI 1 (Califf 5) 8/6: PHI 1, HOU 1 (McInerney 15 -- Cameron 84)
  • Union are undefeated all-time in league play vs. Houston. They won both meetings at Robertson Stadium, including a 1-0 victory last April, while playing to two draws at PPL Park.
  • But the Dynamo won both legs of last year's Semifinal Series, a 2-1 win in Chester folowed by a 1-0 victory in Houston, on their way to MLS Cup 2011.
  • Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear vs. PHI: P4 W0 L2 D2 ... John Hackworth vs. HOU: first game