Match Preview: Dynamo at Sporting KC

Houston looks to close gap on first place SKC with trip to Livestrong Sporting Park

THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo at Sporting Kansas City
Friday, September 14, 7 p.m. CT
Livestrong Sporting Park
Houston leads 6-3-5

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV
NBC Sports Network - 7:30 p.m. (U-Verse: SD=640 HD=1640; Comcast: SD=49 HD=649; DirecTV: 603; Dish Network: 151)

Radio
KPRC 950 - 7 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 7 p.m.

PREVIEW
Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo meet for the third time this season in a match that has huge implications on the Eastern Conference playoff chase when the clubs face off Friday evening at Livestrong Sporting Park. The teams are separated by just five points in the East. Sporting lead after their 2-1 win vs. Toronto FC two weeks ago that extended their unbeaten streak to five games, while the Dynamo are coming off a dramatic 1-0 home win vs. Real Salt Lake last week that put an end to a four-game winless run.

REFEREE 
Baldomero Toledo. AR1 (bench): Ian Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Fabio Tovar; 4th: Jorge Luna Hernandez MLS Career: 141 games; FC/gm: 25.0; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 48; pens: 51

INJURY REPORT PRESENTED BY THE METHODIST HOSPITAL SYSTEM (As of Tuesday, September 11)
SPORTING KANSAS CITY – OUT: FW Teal Bunbury (L knee ACL tear); DF Cyprian Hedrick (L fibula fracture); DOUBTFUL: FW Bobby Convey (R hamstring strain); PROBABLE: FW Jacob Peterson (R shoulder sprain) ... HOUSTON DYNAMO – DOUBTFUL: MF Adam Moffat (R adductor strain)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
SUSPENDED: HOU: Calen Carr (caution accumulation; through Sept. 15)
WARNINGS: SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: KC: Roger Espinoza, Chance Myers SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: KC: Julio Cesar, Jimmy Nielsen, Paulo Nagamura, Lawrence Olum, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi ... HOU: Corey Ashe, Bobby Boswell, Macoumba Kandji

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • ALL-TIME (14 meetings): Sporting 3 wins, 16 goals ... Dynamo 6 wins, 20 goals ... Ties 5
  • AT KANSAS CITY (7 meetings): Sporting 2 wins, 9 goals ... Dynamo 3 wins, 8 goals ... Ties 2

2012 (MLS)

  • 7/7: KC 0, HOU 0
  • 7/18: HOU 2, KC 1 (Carr 25, 79 – Kamara 41)
  • The teams have played twice already this season. After a scoreless draw in Kansas City on July 7, the Dynamo took a 2-1 win at home July 18 behind a pair of goals from Calen Carr.
  • The teams met in 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 four of the seven MLS league and cup meetings since at home (with three draws).
  • Coaches record: Peter Vermes vs. HOU: P7 W2 L2 D3 ... Dominic Kinnear vs. KC: P20 W8 L5 D7