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Played
July 3, 2011 9:10 PM EDT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park — Denver, Colorado
Referee:‬ B. Toledo‎
Attendance:‬ 18203‎
 

MLS Preview: Colorado Rapids - Houston Dynamo

The MLS champion is on a two-game losing skid, hoping that Brian Ching and the Houston Dynamo can't extend that streak.

Colorado Rapids, White House, Barack Obama
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PROBABLE LINEUPS

Colorado Rapids (4-5-1): Pickens; Kimura, Marshall, Moor, Palguta; Mullan, Mastroeni, Larentowicz, Smith; Amarikwa, Cummings.


INJURY REPORT

DOUBTFUL: FW Macoumba Kandji (L knee ACL tear)

PROBABLE: DF Marvell Wynne (R hamstring strain); GK Matt Pickens (R groin strain); MF Joseph Nane (R shoulder strain); FW Omar Cummings (R ankle sprain)

Houston Dynamo (4-4-2): Hall, Sarkodie, Taylor, Hainault, Chabala; Cruz, Cameron, Watson, Clark; Ching, Bruin.


INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Calen Carr (concussion); DF Eddie Robinson (L knee MCL sprain)

DOUBTFUL: MF Brad Davis (L adductor strain); FW Cam Weaver (R hip strain)


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Brian Mullan won two MLS Cups with Houston before joining Colorado midway through 2010, with Colin Clark going the other way. With Colorado ending up MLS champion, Mullan earned a league-record fifth championship ring.

  • In 19 career regular-season games against Colorado, Houston forward Brian Ching has netted 13 goals, including his four-goal outing in the Dynamo’s first game ever in 2006.
  • Houston currently ranks fifth in Major League Soccer in road defense, allowing 10 goals in eight games for a 1.25 goals against average. Following this two-game road stint, Houston plays its next three matches at home.
  • President Barack Obama hosted the Rapids at the White House this week to honor the team for winning the MLS Cup in 2010.
  • In the earlier matchup between these two teams, Colorado won 2-1 thanks to an 84th minute goal from defender Scott Palguta. 
  • Conor Casey is suspended for this match after picking up a red card in Colorado's 4-1 win over the Columbus Crew. Casey scored his fourth goal in five games against the Crew prior to his ejection.
  • After a club-record nine-game undefeated streak, the Rapids have now lost back-to-back games, conceding seven goals in that time. They allowed just seven total in their unbeaten run.
  • Houston midfielder Brad Davis leads Major League Soccer with nine assists on the season and is three assists away from tying his career high of 12.
  • The Rapids are known for having the best fireworks show in Denver, and have a 11-2-2 Independence Day record..

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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Oct 27, 2012 Colorado Rapids 2 - Houston Dynamo 0
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Jul 3, 2011 Colorado Rapids 0 - Houston Dynamo 0
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ May 4, 2011 Houston Dynamo 1 - Colorado Rapids 2
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Aug 28, 2010 Colorado Rapids 3 - Houston Dynamo 0
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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
-Matt PickensGoalkeeper
3Drew MoorDefender
-Tyrone MarshallDefender
27Kosuke KimuraDefender
22Marvell WynneDefender
20Jamie SmithMidfielder
11Brian MullanMidfielder
20Jeff LarentowiczMidfielder
25Pablo MastroeniMidfielder
7Omar CummingsStriker
18Caleb FolanStriker
-Steward CeusGoalkeeper
-Scott PalgutaDefender
-Anthony WallaceMidfielder
-W. ThompsonMidfielder
11Sanna NyassiMidfielder
24Quincy AmarikwaStriker
9Andre AkpanStriker
1Tally HallGoalkeeper
-Andre HainaultDefender
8Kofi SarkodieDefender
4Jermaine TaylorDefender
26Corey AsheDefender
20Geoff CameronDefender
11Brad DavisMidfielder
44Danny CruzMidfielder
27Jevaughn WatsonMidfielder
12Will BruinStriker
-Brian ChingStriker
24Tyler DericGoalkeeper
-Hunter FreemanDefender
32Bobby BoswellDefender
5Lovel PalmerMidfielder
19Alex DixonMidfielder
23Colin ClarkMidfielder
-Jason GareyDefender
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
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Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
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Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
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Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
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Rangers
3 2