The Houston Dynamo (14‐11‐9/51 points/No. 4 seed) host the Montreal Impact (14‐13‐7/49 points/No. 5 seed) on Thursday night at BBVA Compass Stadium in the MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Knockout Round. The Dynamo clinched the fourth seed in the East and a place in the playoffs with a 2‐1 win at D.C. United on Sunday. The Impact fell at Toronto FC 1‐0 on Saturday but qualified for the playoffs for the first time after entering MLS in 2012. The Dynamo and Impact will play for the fourth time this season after three encounters in the regular season. The winner of Thursday’s game will advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals and host the New York Red Bulls on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CT.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Brunner, Ashe; García, Creavalle, Clark, Davis ©; Barnes, Bruin
Subs: Deric, López, Carrasco, Chabala, Weaver, Cummings, Driver
Montreal Impact: Perkins; Rivas, Brovsky, Ferrari ©, Camara; Pisanu, Bernadello, Warner, Mapp; Wenger, Di Vaio
Subs: Bush, Bernier, Le, Martin, DeLeon, Nyassi, Pajoy