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  • October 31, 2012
  • • 21:30
  • • Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
  • Referee: B. Toledo
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MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Houston Dynamo

MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Houston Dynamo

Jonathan Daniel

The MLS playoffs kick off with an Eastern Conference knockout match between Chicago and Houston on Halloween.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Chicago Fire (4-2-3-1): Johnson; Anibaba, Friedrich, Berry, Segares; Pause, Pardo; Nyarko, Rolfe, Fernandez; McDonald.

INJURY REPORT

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.

INJURY REPORT

NONE REPORTED
  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.

Players to watch

Chris Rolfe

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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B. Davis

Position: Midfielder

Games: 4

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Editor's Prediction

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Chicago Fire

Houston Dynamo

Wins
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2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Chicago Fire FIR
Chicago Fire Chicago Fire
Draw
Houston Dynamo HOU
Houston Dynamo Houston Dynamo
46%
46%

Top 3 Predictions

Chicago Fire FIR
1 - 2
Houston Dynamo HOU
Chicago Fire FIR
2 - 1
Houston Dynamo HOU
Chicago Fire FIR
1 - 0
Houston Dynamo HOU

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