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Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Chivas USA

The Basics

  • Chivas USA (3-3-1, T-2nd in West) vs. Houston Dynamo (3-3-1, T-2nd in West)
  • All-time record: The Dynamo lead the overall series 8-2-5.

Broadcast Info

  • KHOU 11.2, FOX Sports Houston (English)
  • TV Informa (Espanol)
  • Direct Kick, Matchday Live (Click here)
  • SportsTalk 790 (English)
  • La Ranchera 850 (Espanol)

What’s at Stake?

Chivas USA return from a week-long road trip with a three-game unbeaten streak and a newfound swagger in their play. Houston, meanwhile, has lost three of their last five matches, including a 1-0 loss at home on Wednesday to FC Dallas. Saturday’s game could be the turning point for the balance of power in the Western Conference; the Red-and-White have a real chance to announce themselves to the rest of the league with a win against their old nemesis from Texas.

Last Meeting

These perennial rivals met just over a month ago in Houston, with the Dynamo earning a solid 3-0 victory over a tepid Red-and-White squad on April 17th. Goals from Geoff Cameron, Lovel Palmer, and Dominic Oduro sealed the deal for Houston, which has not lost to the Goats in their last 10 meetings.

Remember When?

Chivas USA finished their preseason preparations last season with a scrimmage against Houston at The Home Depot Center. With just minutes left to go in the game, Ricardo Clark committed a hard foul on Paulo Nagamura, which cleared both benches. Clark was given his marching orders, and the referees took five minutes sorting out what nearly turned into a brawl. Suffice to say, these teams don’t like each other.

Heroes & Villains

Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad vs. Chivas USA goalkeeper Zach Thornton: Onstad and Thornton are two of Major League Soccer’s most legendary netminders. Both have twice been named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, and both have been crowned MLS Cup champion in their career, although Onstad has three titles to Thornton's one. At 42 and 37, respectively, they’re heading toward the twilight of their careers, but both have shown class in recent years and will likely continue fighting for the mantle of the West’s best goalkeeper in seasons to come. Onstad will become the oldest player in MLS history if he plays Saturday night.

Houston forward Dominic Oduro vs. Chivas USA defenders Michael Umana and Darío Delgado: Oduro, who has scored in his last two outings against Chivas USA, will be a handful for the Chivas USA central defenders, who will struggle to keep up with his speed. But what Umaña and Delgado may lack in pace, they make up for with on-field chemistry. The pair have been teammates on the Costa Rican national team and enjoy good communication and positioning on the backline.

Stat that makes you go “Hm”

Chivas USA’s record against Houston has been abysmal from the get-go, but the Red-and-White have at least held their own at The Home Depot Center. The Goats maintain a 2-1-3 record in Los Angeles.

He Said It

“Every time we play Houston, we know what to expect: It’s always going to be a rough game.” - Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein