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  • September 29, 2012
  • • 8:38 PM
  • • BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
  • Referee: Drew Fischer
  • • Attendance: 22039

MLS Preview: Houston Dynamo - New England Revolution

Hosting lackluster New England, Houston aims to increase its hold on the final playoff spot in the East.

Houston Dynamo (4-3-3): Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Hainault, Taylor; Camargo, Clark, Davis; Garcia, Bruin, Kandji.


QUESTIONABLE: DF Nathan Sturgis (R ankle sprain); MF Giles Barnes (R quad strain)

PROBABLE: DF Corey Ashe (L hamstring strain)
New England Revolution (4-4-2): Reis; Soares, McCarthy, Barnes, Alston; Rowe, Guy, Feilhaber, Toja; Fagundez, Bengtson.


OUT: DF Flo Lechner (R knee MCL sprain); MF Lee Nguyen (R shoulder surgery); DF Tyler Polak (R foot sprain); FW Saer Sene (L knee ACL surgery); DF Chris Tierney (L knee sprain / L hamstring strain)

DOUBTFUL: MF Clyde Simms (R calf tightness)
  • Revolution defender Darrius Barnes scored his first professional goal, in his 88th MLS appearance, giving his side a dramatic 1-1 draw with New York on Saturday, extending the Red Bulls’ winless streak in New England to 10 years.
  • After their Aug. 3 win over New York, the Dynamo were tied for the Eastern Conference lead. They’ve won just one of seven games since, following their 3-1 defeat at Philadelphia last weekend, and now sit in fifth place in the division, holding onto the final playoff spot by a single point.
  • If Houston wins this match, it will eliminate the Philadelphia Union from the playoffs. New England is already mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.
  • Houston is the only MLS team yet to lose at home game this season. At BBVA Compass Stadium, the Dynamo have posted an outstanding 9-0-5 record, outscoring opponents 26-13.
  • New England, on the other hand, has been less than effective on the road. Away from home, the Revs have gone 1-10-2, and have been outscored 24-14 by their opponents.


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Available Squads
1Tally HallGoalkeeper
4Jermaine TaylorDefender
8Kofi SarkodieDefender
26Corey AsheDefender
32Bobby BoswellDefender
11Brad DavisMidfielder
13Ricardo ClarkMidfielder
6Adam MoffatMidfielder
27B. GarcíaMidfielder
3Calen CarrStriker
12Will BruinStriker
24Tyler DericGoalkeeper
-Warren CreavalleMidfielder
-Andre HainaultDefender
17Luiz CamargoMidfielder
-Macoumba KandjiStriker
23Cam WeaverStriker
-Brian ChingStriker
22Bobby ShuttleworthGoalkeeper
5AJ SoaresDefender
25Darrius BarnesDefender
15Stephen McCarthyMidfielder
30Kevin AlstonDefender
11Kelyn RoweMidfielder
-Clyde SimmsMidfielder
15F. CárdenasMidfielder
10Benny FeilhaberMidfielder
11J. BengtsonStriker
92D. Imbongo BoeleStriker
1Matt ReisGoalkeeper
18Blair GavinMidfielder
8Juan Carlos TojaMidfielder
6Michael RoachMidfielder
14Diego FagundezStriker
-Blake BrettschneiderStriker
-Alec PurdieMidfielder

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