First place takes on second as New York visits Houston in a battle for Eastern Conference dominance.
|Houston Dynamo (4-3-3): Hall; Hainault, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe; Garcia, Moffat, Davis; Carr, Ching, Kandji.
DOUBTFUL: FW Will Bruin (R calf contusion)
|New York Red Bulls (4-3-3): Gaudette; Solli, Holgersson, Conde, Miller; Lade, Marquez, Lindpere; Le Toux, Cooper, Henry.
OUT: DF Brandon Barklage (R hamstring strain)
QUESTIONABLE: DF Heath Pearce (R hamstring strain)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- New York midfielder Dax McCarty will be suspended for this match through yellow card accumulation.
- Houston and New York are the only teams that remain undefeated at home this season, with identical records of 7-0-3. Houston’s last home loss came on June 18, 2011 against Columbus. New York’s was on Sept. 21, 2011 against Real Salt Lake.
- Since making his return to the Dynamo starting lineup three games ago, Calen Carr has scored three goals. Brad Davis has five assists in his last three appearances, including two-assist games the last two weeks.
- After going nearly three months without a league goal, Thierry Henry has scored twice in the last three games, netting his 11th of the season in the Red Bulls’ 3-1 loss at Montréal last weekend.
- The Dynamo haven't defeated New York since a 1-0 win on May 31, 2008.