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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.

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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Nov 9, 2013 Houston Dynamo 0 - Sporting Kansas City 0
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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Jimmy NielsenGoalkeeper
5Matt BeslerDefender
15Seth SinovicDefender
7Chance MyersDefender
78Aurellien CollinDefender
-Julio CésarMidfielder
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
8Graham ZusiStriker
17C.J. SapongStriker
-Kei KamaraStriker
10Teal BunburyStriker
18Eric KronbergGoalkeeper
27Birahim DiopMidfielder
5Michael HarringtonDefender
8Davy ArnaudMidfielder
-JéfersonMidfielder
22Soony SaadStriker
-O. BravoStriker
1Tally HallGoalkeeper
32Bobby BoswellDefender
-Andre HainaultDefender
26Corey AsheDefender
20Geoff CameronDefender
44Danny CruzMidfielder
11Brad DavisMidfielder
17Luiz CamargoMidfielder
6Adam MoffatMidfielder
-Brian ChingStriker
3Calen CarrStriker
24Tyler DericGoalkeeper
4Jermaine TaylorDefender
-Hunter FreemanDefender
27Jevaughn WatsonMidfielder
19A. DixonMidfielder
-Carlo CostlyStriker
12Will BruinStriker
Players to Watch
Graham Zusi
Graham Zusi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
21 4 2 0
Brad Davis
Brad Davis
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
19 4 0 0
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