Match Preview: Dynamo at Chicago

Houston heads to Chicago for do-or-die playoff match

THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire
Wednesday, October 31, 8 p.m. CT
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV
ESPN2 (DirecTV 209, Dish Network 144, AT&T U-Verse 606 / HD 1606, Comcast 34 / HD 634)
ESPN Deportes

Radio
KPRC 950 8 p.m.
Sirius XM FC Channel 94 - 8 p.m.
101.7 FM & 1230 AM (Spanish) - 7:30 p.m.

PREVIEW
The Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire will square off Wednesday night at Toyota Park in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round match. The Fire and Dynamo finished fourth and fifth place, respectively, in the Eastern Conference. The two clubs met three times in 2012, with the Fire earning two draws and a win. Houston is in the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons, while Chicago is playing in the postseason for the 11th time in club history.

REFEREE: REFEREE: Baldomero Toledo. AR1 (bench): Frank Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Ian Anderson; 4th: Juan Guzman (Click here for more on Baldomero Toledo.)

INJURY REPORT PRESENTED BY THE METHODIST HOSPITAL SYSTEM (As of Tuesday, October 30)

  • CHICAGO FIRE – OUT: DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair); DOUBTFUL: MF Guillermo Franco (R foot contusion)
  • HOUSTON DYNAMO – NONE REPORTED

HEAD-TO-HEAD
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: CHI 4 wins, 19 goals ... HOU 6 wins, 22 goals ... Ties 4
2012 HEAD-TO-HEAD: CHI 1 win, 4 goals ... HOU 0 wins, 2 goals ... Ties 2
AT TOYOTA PARK:
4/15: CHI 1, HOU 1 (Pause 27 -- Bruin 24)
9/2: CHI 3, HOU 1 (Nyarko 1; Paladini 19; Alex 93+ -- Ching 90)
This is the first postseason meeting between the two clubs

MATCH LINKS
Dynamo vs. Fire: Tale of the tape
Hall: It takes more than communication to slow down the Fire
Dominic Kinnear talks with the media ahead of Wednesday's match
Dynamo get that old familiar feeling ahead of Chicago trip