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  • July 27, 2013
  • • 21:00
  • • BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
  • Referee: R. Salazar
  • • Attendance: 22039
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MLS Preview: Houston Dynamo - Chicago Fire

MLS Preview: Houston Dynamo - Chicago Fire

Jonathan Daniel

The Dynamo return from a bye week looking for their third win in a row in a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference wildcard round.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Houston Dynamo (4-5-1): Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe; Driver, Clark, Davis, Moffat, Boniek Garcia; Barnes.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: Anthony Arena (R ankle sprain), Calen Carr (L knee)

Chicago Fire (4-4-2): Tornaghi; Anibaba, Berry, Soumare, Segares; Lindpere, Larentowicz, Alex, Nyarko; Magee, Rolfe.

INJURY REPORT

QUESTIONABLE: Steven Kinney (R quad strain), Dilly Duka (R groin strain)

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • This is the second meeting this year between the two teams who were in the Eastern Conference wildcard round a season ago. Houston took the April 14 meet by a 2-1 scoreline.
  • The Dynamo have won their last two games after a seven-game winless skid and sits in fifth place in the East with 29 points from 19 games.
  • Houston played English Premier League side Stoke City in a friendly this week, coming out on top 2-0 behind goals from Andrew Driver and Giles Barnes. Brad Davis returned from his hamstring injury as a second-half substitute.
  • Chicago is coming off a 4-1 rout of D.C. United, in which Chris Rolfe scored twice and Joel Lindpere netted a goal and two assists.
  • Patrick Nyarko is set to return for the Fire after battling strep throat, while in-form winger Dilly Duka could miss out because of a hamstring injury.
  • The Fire made a significant addition this week, adding Ecuadorian forward Juan Luis Anangono as a Designated Player.
  • The Gold Cup has claimed a pair of would-be starters for either side, as Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson and Houston forward Will Bruin remain with the USA through Sunday's final against Panama.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Houston Dynamo

Chicago Fire

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Houston Dynamo HOU
Houston Dynamo Houston Dynamo
Draw
Chicago Fire FIR
Chicago Fire Chicago Fire
42%
29%
29%

Top 3 Predictions

Houston Dynamo HOU
2 - 2
Chicago Fire FIR
Houston Dynamo HOU
1 - 4
Chicago Fire FIR
Houston Dynamo HOU
2 - 1
Chicago Fire FIR

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