Preview: Houston Dynamo vs. New York Red Bulls

THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo vs. New York Red Bulls
Friday, June 5, 8:00 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas

BROADCAST INFORMATION
UniMás - 8:00 p.m. CHANNEL LISTINGS | WATCH IN ENGLISH
Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM - 8:00 p.m. (7:30 p.m. pregame)
La Ranchera 850 AM / 101.7 FM - 8:00 p.m. (7:30 p.m. pregame)

PREVIEW
A pair of clubs aiming to turn around recent results meet on Viernes de Fútbol when the Houston Dynamo play host to the New York Red Bulls at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo return home from a two-game road swing where they took one point, coming off a 1-1 draw with New York City FC at Yankee Stadium. The Red Bulls continue their road spell after starting with their second consecutive loss, a 2-1 defeat by Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday evening.

REFEREE: Marcos de Oliveira. AR1 (bench): Adam Garner; AR2 (opposite): Danny Thornberry; 4th: Alan Kelly
MLS Career: 5 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 4.0; R: 1; pens: 2

INJURY REPORT, PRESENTED BY HOUSTON METHODIST (as of Wednesday, June 3)

HOUSTON DYNAMO – QUESTIONABLE: Brad Davis – Right knee bone bruise;

NEW YORK RED BULLS – OUT: Sal Zizzo – leg; QUESTIONABLE: Ronald Zubar – quad

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • ALL-TIME (21 meetings): Dynamo 3 wins, 19 goals … Red Bulls 10 wins, 33 goals … Ties 8
  • AT HOUSTON (10 meetings): Dynamo 3 wins, 15 goals … Red Bulls 2 wins, 14 goals … Ties 5
  • This is the only league meeting between the teams this season.
  • The Red Bulls have not lost in the last seven league contests between the teams, outscoring the Dynamo 18-3. The Red Bulls have come away with points on their last three league trips to Houston; they are 8-0-3 all-time at home vs. Houston.
  • The Dynamo did win the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series between the clubs in 2013, winning 2-1 at Red Bull Arena in the second leg, after the teams played to a 2-2 draw in Houston. It is the Dynamo’s only win ever in Harrison in all competitions.
  • Coaches record: Jesse Marsch vs. HOU: P3 W1 L1 D1 … Owen Coyle vs. NYR: first game

HOUSTON DYNAMO
The Houston Dynamo concluded their two-game road swing with a result, gaining a 1-1 draw with New York City FC on Saturday evening at Yankee Stadium. The Dynamo are in a tie for eighth place in the Western Conference with 17 points from 14 matches.

LAST MATCH

  • The Dynamo took the lead on 16 minutes. Alexander Lopez flighted in a corner kick from the left and David Horst headed a pass back into the center of the area where Will Bruin smashed home a first-time shot.
  • NYCFC were able to pull even on the stroke of halftime when Houston defender Raul Rodriguez handled inside the box and referee Sorin Stoica pointed to the spot. David Villa drove the resulting spot kick past Dynamo 'keeper Tyler Deric, who guessed correctly but was unable to reach the drive.
  • Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle made one change to the team that suffered a 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy at StubHub Center. Alexander Lopez came into the team in place of Brad Davis.
  • HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-4-1-1): Tyler Deric - Raul Rodriguez, David Horst, Jermaine Taylor, DaMarcus Beasley - Boniek Garcia (Rob Lovejoy 78), Luis Garrido, Ricardo Clark, Alexander Lopez - Giles Barnes - Will Bruin.

TEAM NEWS

  • The Dynamo completed their two-game road trip with one of a possible six points, after the loss to the LA Galaxy the week before.
  • “I’ve got to say with all intents and purposes, we were so much in control of the game at 1-nil looking like a team that can go and get two or three, and I’ve got to be honest it’s never a penalty,” Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle said. “… So we certainly had to pick ourselves up at halftime because the boys were absolutely gutted given what went against them.”
  • It was a fifth consecutive game where the Dynamo allowed just a single goal, following back-to-back matches where they allowed four goals in each. The Dynamo have gone 2-2-1 in the matches where they’ve allowed just the one tally.
  • “This one’s tough. I think nine out of 10 times we should win this game,” goalkeeper Tyler Deric said. “We’re disappointed to come away with just a point considering as many chances as we had. I thought we deserved more than one point.”
  • Will Bruin netted his fifth goal of the season, his four goal in the last four matches. He’s scored four of the last five goals the Dynamo have scored. Bruin has not scored fewer than five goals in any of his five MLS seasons, matching the five-goal output he had in his rookie year of 2011 (5 goals in 25 appearances).
  • With Brad Davis out through injury after suffering a bone bruise on his right knee, Alexander Lopez returned to the starting lineup after coming off the substitutes’ bench each of the previous two matches, and contributed his second assist of the season, both coming over the last three matches.
  • The Red Bulls match will be the last before four players join their countries on international duty. Jermaine Taylor and Giles Barnes – who have started each of the last 10 matches – will be joining Jamaica for the Copa América. And Boniek García and Luis Garrido – in the first XI in each of the last five matches – will be on international duty with Honduras.
  • “I’ve purposely given [Luis Garrido] the toughest assignment because of the belief we’ve got in him,” Coyle said. “There’s no doubt that he takes that on board and he’s a player we can trust to do that. I think he’s really relished the opportunity to stand toe-to-toe with some great players.”
  • Said center back David Horst: “You’re not going to mistake Luis for a playmaker. Luis is a game changer. I love having him in front of us. It really makes mine and [center back Jermaine Taylor’s] job easier when he’s in front of us.”