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MLS Preview: Chivas USA - Houston Dynamo

MLS Preview: Chivas USA - Houston Dynamo

Bob Levey

It's never pretty when these two sides meet. Houston will fly to Los Angeles to take on Chivas USA with both sides coming off MLS draws.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

Chivas USA (4-4-2): Kennedy; Trujillo, Umana, Pearce, Valentin; Gavin, Elliott, LaBrocca, Flores; Braun, Estupinan.

INJURY REPORT

DOUBTFUL: DF Jimmy Conrad (concussion); MF Ben Zemanski (L ankle)

Houston Dynamo (4-4-2): Hall; Sarkodie, Hainault, Boswell, Ashe; Watson, Cameron, Davis, Cruz; Bruin, Weaver.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Jermaine Taylor (concussion)

DOUBTFUL: FW Calen Carr (concussion)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • One point separates these sides in the standings. Houston (24 points) is fourth in the East; Chivas USA (23 points) is seventh in the West.

  • Both these sides enter this match coming off MLS draws a week ago. Houston conceded to Aurelien Collin in the last minute of play to tie Sporting KC 1-1 and Chivas USA held the New York Red Bulls to a scoreless draw.
  • The New York draw extended the Goats' unbeaten run to four matches. However, Houston has won five in a row against Chivas USA, including a 2-1 win in Texas on June 11.
  • On Thursday the Dynamo traded Mike Chabala and Lovel Palmer to the Portland Timbers for Adam Moffat. The most important part of the deal from a Dynamo perspective was the allocation money and international roster slot that Portland gave up.
  • Also on Thursday former Chivas USA head coach Martin Vasquez was named Head Coach and Director of Soccer Operations of Real Salt Lake-Arizona academy. He'll oversee RSL's Development Academy U-16 and U-18 sides.
  • Six players from this game could feature Wednesday in the All-Star Game. Houston has four representatives - Tally Hall, Corey Ashe, Geoff Cameron and Brad Davis - and the Goats are sending two players - Heath Pearce and Nick LaBrocca.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Chivas USA

Houston Dynamo

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

CD Chivas USA CHI
CD Chivas USA Chivas USA
Draw
Houston Dynamo HOU
Houston Dynamo Houston Dynamo
21%
54%
25%

Top 3 Predictions

CD Chivas USA CHI
1 - 1
Houston Dynamo HOU
CD Chivas USA CHI
1 - 0
Houston Dynamo HOU
CD Chivas USA CHI
1 - 2
Houston Dynamo HOU

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