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  • March 11, 2012
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MLS Preview: Chivas USA - Houston Dynamo

The losing MLS Cup finalist returns to the stadium where it closed the 2011 season in defeat for the beginning of the 2012 campaign.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

Chivas USA (4-5-1): Kennedy; Jazic, Pearce, Valencia, Lahoud; Smith, Minda, Zemanski, Bolanos, Moreno; Angel.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: MF Blair Gavin (R hamstring strain); MF Marvin Iraheta (R knee ACL tear)

PROBABLE: MF Nick LaBrocca (R leg contusion); GK Tim Melia (R hand laceration); FW Cesar Moreno (broken nose); DF James Riley (L ankle sprain)
Houston Dynamo (4-4-2): Hall; Ashe, Cameron, Boswell, Hainault; Davis, Camargo, Moffat, Clark; Ching, Bruin.

INJURY REPORT

None.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Houston went 12 games unbeaten against Chivas USA in a run that spanned over half a decade before the Goats won 3-0 in July last year.

  • The Dynamo lost in the MLS Cup final against the LA Galaxy in the Home Depot Center 113 days before it will return to face Chivas for the season opener.
  • Houston kicks off the season with a seven-game road jaunt. The Dynamo's new digs, BBVA Compass Stadium, will open May 12.
  • The Dynamo's main offseason move was re-acquiring captain Brain Ching. The Montreal Impact selected him in the Expansion Draft and the Hawaiian striker even trained with the Canadian club before Houston could trade for his rights back.
  • Similarly, the big news at Chivas USA is the re-signing of captain Juan Pablo Angel. The Colombian's contract expired at the end of last season and he didn't pen a new one until Thursday this week.
  • Additionally the Goats added projected starters James Riley, Oswaldo Minda, Miller Bolanos and John Valencia. 

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Available Squads
1Dan KennedyGoalkeeper
44Heath PearceDefender
31Rauwshan McKenzieDefender
26James RileyDefender
6Ante JazicDefender
30O. MindaMidfielder
33Peter VagenasMidfielder
2Nick LaBroccaMidfielder
-Laurent CourtoisMidfielder
14Ben ZemanskiMidfielder
-Juan Pablo AngelStriker
28Tim MeliaGoalkeeper
19Jorge VillafanaDefender
-David LopesDefender
-Ryan SmithMidfielder
-Casey TownsendStriker
15Alejandro MorenoStriker
-César RomeroStriker
1Tally HallGoalkeeper
20Geoff CameronDefender
26Corey AsheDefender
-Andre HainaultDefender
32Bobby BoswellDefender
23Colin ClarkMidfielder
27Jevaughn WatsonMidfielder
11Brad DavisMidfielder
6Adam MoffatMidfielder
12Will BruinStriker
-Brian ChingStriker
24Tyler DericGoalkeeper
4Jermaine TaylorDefender
-Nathan SturgisDefender
17Luiz CamargoMidfielder
3Calen CarrStriker
-Macoumba KandjiStriker
23Cam WeaverStriker

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