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)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- 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.