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  • November 6, 2011
  • • 5:35 PM
  • • Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Referee: M. Geiger
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MLS Playoff Preview: Sporting Kansas City - Houston Dynamo

MLS Playoff Preview: Sporting Kansas City - Houston Dynamo

Jamie Squire

The Eastern Conference final pits Sporting KC against the Houston Dynamo. The teams will convene in Kansas City on Sunday to duke it out.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic; Cesar, Espinoza, Zusi; Kamara, Sapong, Bravo.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Daneil Cyrus (L foot fracture); MF Luke Sassano (R knee sprain); MF Peterson Joseph (R knee surgery); MF Konrad Warzycha (R knee surgery)

PROBABLE: FW Omar Bravo (R abductor strain); MF Milos Stojcev (R ankle sprain)
Houston Dynamo (4-4-2): Hall; Hainault, Cameron, Boswell, Ashe; Watson, Moffat, Carmago, Davis; Ching, Carr.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Cam Weaver (R hip)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Kanas City progressed to a the fourth conference final in franchise history with a 4-0 aggregate win over the Colorado Rapids.
  • The Dynamo dispatched the Philadelphia Union with a 3-1 aggregate score. Brian Ching, who scored the first goal in Robertson Stadium, headed home the only goal of the second leg, the last MLS match Robertson Stadium will host.
  • Brad Davis assisted two of Houston's three goals in the conference semifinal from set pieces. Not to be outdone, Graham Zusi served up two assists from dead balls in a 2-0 second leg win over the Rapids.
  • Sporting KC has kept four consecutive clean sheets for a total of 365 minutes of shutout soccer.
  • In the previous meeting at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, KC posted a 3-0 win over Houston. Since then, the Dynamo has gone eight matches unbeaten.

Players to watch

G. Zusi

Position: Midfielder

Games: 7

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B. Davis

Position: Midfielder

Games: 9

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Editor's Prediction

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Sporting KC

Houston Dynamo

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Sporting Kansas City SKC
Sporting Kansas City Sporting KC
Draw
Houston Dynamo HOU
Houston Dynamo Houston Dynamo
63%
27%

Top 3 Predictions

Sporting Kansas City SKC
2 - 1
Houston Dynamo HOU
Sporting Kansas City SKC
3 - 1
Houston Dynamo HOU
Sporting Kansas City SKC
1 - 2
Houston Dynamo HOU

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