Pregame notes ahead of Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

The Dynamo are finally back at home to host Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 8 p.m. CT tonight at BBVA Compass Stadium. TICKETS are still available for tonight’s game. The match will be broadcast live on ROOT SPORTS Southwest Alternate Channel and can be heard on Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM and Sirius XM FC (channel 85) in Spanish on La Ranchera 850 AM and 101.7 FM. Here are some notes ahead of the game.

• After 10 of 14, and 11 of 16 games away from home the Dynamo enter the home stretch tonight with five of their final eight games at home.
• Vancouver has the best road record in the league by a wide margin, with a 7-5-2 mark away from BC Place
• Including CONCACAF Champions League and the Canadian Championship, the Whitecaps will play their eighth game during the month of August tonight. So far, Vancouver is 4-1-2 during the month, with the lone loss at Sporting KC where it led 3-1 late in the second half before falling 4-3.
• Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle may see the return of several players from injury. Raul Rodriguez (left heel contusion) and DaMarcus Beasley (left calf strain) have missed the last two games and remain questionable, but could return after two weeks of recovery. Ricardo Clark has missed four games with a left hamstring strain but is no longer on the injury report and could feature at some point tonight. Kofi Sarkodie (right knee bone bruise) missed Wednesday’s game at Colorado and remains questionable tonight.
• Vancouver brings a mostly healthy squad to Houston, with Pa-Modou Kah (facial fracture) and Nicolas Mezquida (left hamstring strain) both listed as probable. Fatigue may be an issue, however, with Wednesday’s home game in the Canadian Championship final and a long flight to Houston yesterday. Head coach Carl Robinson indicated to media Thursday that he would make at least one or two changes to the lineup after a busy month of games.
• Vancouver has already set a club MLS record with 14 wins this season and has eight games left to add to the total.
• For the eighth straight game, the Dynamo have several available players on yellow-card warning: Ricardo Clark, Kofi Sarkodie, Luis Garrido, Raul Rodriguez and Sheanon Williams would be suspended for Houston’s next game, Sept. 12 vs. Real Salt Lake, if they receive a caution tonight
• For Vancouver, Matias Laba, Sam Adekugbe and Kah are on yellow-card warning.
• The home team has never lost in the brief series between the Dynamo and Vancouver. Whitecaps FC holds a 3-2-0 edge in five meetings, with both defeats at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo won 2-1 on Vancouver’s last visit to Houston in in March 2013.
• Three milestones that could be reached tonight:
o Ricardo Clark has made 233 career appearances in all competitions with the Dynamo and would tie Bobby Boswell for third on the club list with an appearance.
o Tonight would be Boniek Garcia’s 100th career appearance in all competitions with the Dynamo.
o Will Bruin (126 career regular-season starts) can tie Brian Mullan for seventh on the club list.
• The referee is Kevin Stott, one of the most experienced in MLS with 271 previous games in the middle in the league. Over that time, he’s issued 67 red cards and awarded 70 penalty kicks.
• After the game, the Dynamo get their first off week since June due to next weekend’s international games, including Argentina vs. Bolivia at BBVA Compass Stadium.
• The Dynamo and Whitecaps meet again on the final day of the season, Oct. 25, at BC Place.

Enjoy the game!