Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake

Houston looking to regain mid-season form Thursday against RSL

THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake
Thursday, September 6, 7:30 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium
Houston leads 8-3-5

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV
FOX Sports Houston Plus - 7:30 p.m. (U-Verse: SD=691 HD=1691; Comcast: 110; DirecTV: SD=680 HD 680-1; Dish Network: SD=442 HD=9580)
MultiMedios Houston - 7 p.m. (U-Verse: 3065; Comcast: 325)

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

PREVIEW
Real Salt Lake will be looking to break their Texas hoodoo when they travel to BBVA Compass Stadium to face the Houston Dynamo in an interconference clash of playoff aspirants. Real have never won in 20 all-time visits to the Lone Star State, including a draw at FC Dallas earlier this season. The teams come into the match holding postseason berths for the moment: the Dynamo sit in a tie for fourth in the Eastern Conference after their loss last weekend at Chicago, while RSL sit in second place in the West after their 1-0 home win vs. D.C. United last week.

REFEREE 
Ismail Elfath. AR1 (bench): Peter Manikowski; AR2 (opposite): Craig Lowry; 4th: Jasen Anno MLS Career: 5 games; FC/gm: 22.6; Y/gm: 2.2; R: 4; pens: 3

INJURY REPORT PRESENTED BY THE METHODIST HOSPITAL SYSTEM (As of Friday, August 31)
HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: DF Warren Creavalle (L ankle sprain); DOUBTFUL: MF Adam Moffat (R adductor strain); QUESTIONABLE: FW Calen Carr (L knee swelling) … REAL SALT LAKE – OUT: GK Lalo Fernandez (R wrist fracture); DOUBTFUL: DF Jamison Olave (L hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Kenny Mansally (L knee MCL sprain); PROBABLE: DF Chris Schuler (L foot bone bruise)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: HOU: Boniek Garcia (Honduras); André Hainault (Canada); Jermaine Taylor, Je-Vaughn Watson (both Jamaica) … RSL: Kyle Beckerman (USA); Alvaro Saborío (Costa Rica); Will Johnson (Canada)
SUSPENDED: RSL: Chris Wingert (caution accumulation; through Sept. 6)

SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: HOU: Calen Carr … RSL: Fabian Espindola, Javier Morales, Jamison Olave, Alvaro Saborio

SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: HOU: Corey Ashe, Bobby Boswell, Macoumba Kandji … RSL: Will Johnson, Kwame Watson-Siriboe

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • ALL-TIME (16 meetings): Dynamo 8 wins, 25 goals … Real 3 wins, 22 goals … Ties 5
  • AT HOUSTON (8 meetings): Dynamo 7 wins, 21 goals … Real 0 wins, 14 goals … Ties 1

LAST YEAR (MLS)

  • 5/14: RSL 0, HOU 0
  • 8/20: HOU 3, RSL 2 (Ching 47; Boswell 69; Dixon 90 – Espindola 28; Gil 60)
  • The Dynamo have never lost to RSL at home. They’ve won seven of eight meetings there, with one draw – that lone result for RSL coming June 20, 2009.
  • While Real have yet to ever win at Robertson Stadium, the Dynamo have left Utah with the full three points just once – a 1-0 win in 2007 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
  • Real still have yet to ever win in the state of Texas. All-time combined vs. Houston and Dallas, over all competitions, Real are 0-17-3 in the Lone Star State.
  • Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear vs. RSL: P20 W10 L3 D7 … Jason Kreis v HOU: P12 W2 L6 D4