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  • October 30, 2011
  • • 5:00 PM
  • • Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Referee: J. Marrufo
  • • Attendance: 18539
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MLS Playoff Preview: Philadelphia Union - Houston Dynamo

MLS Playoff Preview: Philadelphia Union - Houston Dynamo

The Union make their MLS playoff debut in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals against two-time MLS champs the Dynamo.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
Philadelphia Union (4-4-2): Mondragon; G. Farfan, Valdes, Califf, Williams; Carroll, Mapp, M. Farfan, Adu; Le Toux, Mwanga.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: GK Thorne Holder (concussion); FW Levi Houapeu (L ankle strain);

DOUBTFUL: FW Veljko Paunovic (R hamstring strain);

QUESTIONABLE: MF Justin Mapp (L quad strain);

PROBABLE: DF Joe Tait (R ankle sprain)
Houston Dynamo (4-4-2): Hall; Hainault, Boswell, Cameron, Ashe; Cruz, Moffat, Carmargo, Davis; Ching, Costly.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Cam Weaver (R hip)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • The Dynamo come into this series on a hot streak, having won four of five matches to clinch the second seed in the East.

  • In two regular season meetings this year, the Dynamo outshot the Union 35 to 15, but the Union won the first match 1-0, and the two teams tied the second match 1-1.
  • Houston midfielder Brad Davis led the league in assists this season with 16.
  • Union striker Sebastien Le Toux was on a tear during the latter part of the season, scoring 10 goals in his last 12 matches.
  • The Union are undefeated against the Dynamo all-time, with a 2-0-2 record
  • To have a chance in this two-leg playoff, Philadelphia will likely need a result at home against a Dynamo side that was poor away from home all year, posting a 2-6-9 record.
  • No Dynamo player has more than five goals this year.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Philadelphia Union

Houston Dynamo

Wins
1
2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Philadelphia Union PHI
Philadelphia Union Philadelphia Union
Draw
Houston Dynamo HOU
Houston Dynamo Houston Dynamo
33%
29%
38%

Top 3 Predictions

Philadelphia Union PHI
1 - 1
Houston Dynamo HOU
Philadelphia Union PHI
1 - 2
Houston Dynamo HOU
Philadelphia Union PHI
1 - 0
Houston Dynamo HOU

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