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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.

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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Oct 31, 2012 Chicago Fire 1 - Houston Dynamo 2
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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
25Sean JohnsonGoalkeeper
4Jalil AnibabaDefender
13Gonzalo SegaresDefender
4Austin BerryDefender
3Arne FriedrichDefender
20Á. FernándezDefender
12Logan PauseMidfielder
-Pavel PardoMidfielder
15Sherjill MacDonaldStriker
14Patrick NyarkoStriker
18Chris RolfeStriker
70Paolo TornaghiGoalkeeper
33Dan GarganDefender
11Daniel PaladiniMidfielder
-W. ThompsonMidfielder
-Michael VideiraMidfielder
7AlexMidfielder
-Dominic OduroStriker
1Tally HallGoalkeeper
4Jermaine TaylorDefender
8Kofi SarkodieDefender
26Corey AsheDefender
32Bobby BoswellDefender
11Brad DavisMidfielder
13Ricardo ClarkMidfielder
6Adam MoffatMidfielder
27B. GarcíaMidfielder
3Calen CarrStriker
12Will BruinStriker
24Tyler DericGoalkeeper
-Andre HainaultDefender
17Luiz CamargoMidfielder
23Giles BarnesMidfielder
-Macoumba KandjiStriker
23Cam WeaverStriker
-Brian ChingStriker
Players to Watch
Chris Rolfe
Chris Rolfe
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
15 3 0 0
Brad Davis
Brad Davis
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
11 4 0 0
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