Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City

Dynamo visit LIVESTRONG Sporting Park Saturday at 7 p.m

THE BASICS
Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo
Saturday, July 7, 7 p.m. CT
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, Kansas City, KS
All-time series: Dynamo lead 5-3-4

BROADCAST INFORMATION
Fox Sports Houston - 7 p.m.
MultiMedios Houston - 6:30 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 6:30 p.m.
SportsTalk 790 - 6:30 p.m.

PREVIEW
A heated battle for Eastern Conference placing is in store on Saturday evening at Livestrong Sporting Park as Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo meet. Sporting put an end to their short losing run at midweek, coming back for a 3-1 win at the Montréal Impact. The Dynamo are still unbeaten at home this year, reaching a scoreless draw with the Chicago Fire, also at midweek.

REFEREE 
Chris Penso. SAR (bench): Chris Strickland; JAR (opposite): Eric Proctor; 4th: John McCloskey MLS Career: 22 games; FC/gm: 21.9; Y/gm: 3.0; R: 5; pens: 10

INJURY REPORT PRESENTED BY THE METHODIST HOSPITAL SYSTEM (As of Tuesday, July 3)
SPORTING KANSAS CITY – OUT: DF Cyprian Hedrick (L fibula fracture); GK Jon Kempin (R ankle fracture); DF Lawrence Olum (L groin strain); DOUBTFUL: MF Michael Thomas (R ankle sprain); PROBABLE: FW Bobby Convey (L calf strain) ... HOUSTON DYNAMO -- DOUBTFUL: DF Alex Dixon (concussion); MF Calen Carr (L hamstring strain); MF Je-Vaughn Watson (L adductor strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Geoff Cameron (L hamstring strain)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: None

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • ALL-TIME (12 meetings): Sporting 3 wins, 15 goals ... Dynamo 5 wins, 18 goals ... Ties 4
  • AT KANSAS CITY (6 meetings): Sporting 2 wins, 9 goals ... Dynamo 3 wins, 8 goals ... Ties 1
  • RETURN MATCHES: 7/18: Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City, 7:30 p.m. CT; 9/14: Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo, 7:30 p.m. CT (NBC SN)
  • The game is a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Championship, won 2-0 by the Dynamo at Livestrong Sporting Park. It was the second time the teams had met with a trip to the MLS Cup Final on the line (also 2007, also won 2-0 by Houston).
  • After winning the first meeting ever between the clubs, April 8, 2006 at Robertson Stadium, Kansas City has not won in Houston. The Dynamo have won three of the six MLS league and cup meetings since at home (with three draws).
  • In league play, Sporting have a three-game unbeaten streak alive vs. Houston, winning their last two meetings in Kansas City.
  • Coaches record: Peter Vermes vs. HOU: P5 W2 L1 D2 ... Dominic Kinnear vs. KC: P18 W7 L5 D6
  • LAST YEAR (MLS) 7/16: HOU 1, KC 1 (Collin 90 – Davis 8) 9/10: KC 3, HOU 0 (Bunbury 9, 73; Sapong 79)