The MLS playoffs kick off with an Eastern Conference knockout match between Chicago and Houston on Halloween.
|Chicago Fire (4-2-3-1): Johnson; Anibaba, Friedrich, Berry, Segares; Pause, Pardo; Nyarko, Rolfe, Fernandez; McDonald.
OUT: DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair)
DOUBTFUL: MF Guillermo Franco (R foot contusion)
|Houston Dynamo (4-4-2): Hall; Sarkodie, Taylor, Boswell, Ashe; Boniek Garcia, R. Clark, Moffat, Davis; Carr, Bruin.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- This is the first match of the 2012 playoffs. The winner will advance to play Sporting Kansas City.
- Chicago didn't lose to Houston this season, posting two draws and a home win in September. The teams have never faced each other in the postseason.
- The Fire return to the postseason for the first time since 2009. They haven't lost when scoring first under Frank Klopas.
- Houston advanced to the MLS Cup final last year, losing out to the LA Galaxy.
- Brad Davis is fifth in the league with 12 assists.