Match Preview: Dynamo at Chicago

Playoff implications on the line as Houston closes season series Sunday night vs. the Fire

THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire
Sunday, September 2, 6 p.m. CT
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Houston leads 6-3-4

BROADCAST INFORMATION
Galavision - 6 p.m. (Click here to view channel guide)
SportsTalk 790 - 5:30 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 5:30 p.m.

PREVIEW
A pitched battle for placing in the Eastern Conference is ahead on Sunday evening when the Chicago Fire entertain the Houston Dynamo at Toyota Park. Both clubs currently sit among the five playoff spots in the Eastern Conference – the Dynamo just a point ahead of the Fire, with just a two-point margin back to sixth place. The Fire are coming off a 4-2 loss at D.C. United that ended a three-game winning run; the Dynamo hit the road off back-to-back home draws, last a 1-1 result with Toronto FC.    

REFEREE 
David Gantar. AR1 (bench): Brian Poeschel; AR2 (opposite): Scott Kachmarik; 4th: Michael Kennedy MLS Career: 13 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 8; pens: 1

INJURY REPORT PRESENTED BY THE METHODIST HOSPITAL SYSTEM (As of Friday, August 31)
HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: DF Alex Dixon (heat illness); DF Warren Creavalle (L ankle sprain); QUESTIONABLE: FW Calen Carr (L knee swelling) CHICAGO FIRE -- OUT: DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair); DOUBTFUL: DF Steven Kinney (R groin pain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Logan Pause (rib fractures); MF Michael Videira (R Achilles inflammation)

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • ALL-TIME (14 meetings): Fire 3 wins, 16 goals ... Dynamo 6 wins, 21 goals ... Ties 4
  • AT CHICAGO (7 meetings): Fire 1 win, 7 goals ... Dynamo 3 wins, 11 goals ... Ties 3
  • 4/15/12: CHI 1, HOU 1 (Pause 27 – Bruin 24)
  • 7/3/12: HOU 0, CHI 0
  • The teams have played to two draws already this season.
  • On April 15, Houston’s Will Bruin and Chicago’s Logan Pause traded goals in a 1-1 draw at Toyota Park ended early because of bad weather.
  • The teams played to a scoreless draw July 3 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
  • The teams have now played to four consecutive draws in their all-time series.
  • Coaches record: Frank Klopas vs. HOU: P3 W0 L0 D3 ... Dominic Kinnear vs. CHI: P19 W7 L5 D7

LAST MEETING (MLS)

  • The teams combined for just three shots on target for the evening.
  • Chicago’s Marco Pappa tested Tally Hall in the 12th minute with a left-footed strike from outside that box -- the only chance the Dynamo 'keeper had to deal with.
  • Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson made two saves on the evening, both in the final 45 minutes, greatly threatened by neither.
  • HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-3-3): Tally Hall - Andre Hainault, Jermaine Taylor, Bobby Boswell, Corey Ashe - Luiz Camargo (Brian Ownby 69), Adam Moffat, Brad Davis - Boniek Garcia, Will Bruin (Brian Ching 65), Macoumba Kandji (Colin Clark 81).
  • CHICAGO FIRE (4-2-3-1): Sean Johnson - Dan Gargan, Austin Berry, Jalil Anibaba, Gonzalo Segares - Pavel Pardo, Logan Pause - Patrick Nyarko (Hunter Jumper 87), Chris Rolfe, Marco Pappa (Orr Barouch 72) - Dominic Oduro (Alex 54).