Preview: Colorado at Houston, April 28

Rapids head to Texas looking to snap Houston's dominant home unbeaten streak

HOUSTON DYNAMO vs COLORADO RAPIDS

BBVA COMPASS STADIUM, Houston, Texas

April 27, 2013 (WEEK 9, MLS Game #79)
3 p.m. MT (UniMás; Altitude;
ENG - 1510 AM / 93.7 FM and SPA - 1150 AM)

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The Houston Dynamo will once again look to make MLS history when they put their long home undefeated record on the line, facing the Colorado Rapids on Sunday afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo have a perfect record at home this year, but are coming off their first road point, gained in a 1-1 draw at Toronto FC last weekend. The Rapids saw their brief two-game winning streak put to an end last time out, in a home draw with Seattle Sounders FC.

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REFEREE: Juan Guzman. AR1 (bench): Corey Parker; AR2 (opposite): Paul Scott; 4th: Armando Villarreal
MLS Career: 23 games; FC/gm: 25.3; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 7; pens: 4

DISABLED LIST: COL: Diego Calderón
SUSPENDED: HOU: Jermaine Taylor (through April 28)
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none

SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: COL: Hendry Thomas

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: COL: Dillon Serna (U.S. U-20)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (17 meetings): Dynamo 7 wins, 23 goals … Rapids 6 wins, 21 goals … Ties 4
AT HOUSTON (7 meetings): Dynamo 4 wins, 16 goals … Rapids 1 win, 11 goals … Ties 2
LAST YEAR (MLS):
10/27: COL 2, HOU 0 (Hill 9; Akpan 76)

  • This is the only meeting of the season between the two clubs.
  • The Rapids have a six-game undefeated streak alive against the Dynamo, Houston’s last victory in the series coming in a 1-0 win, April 19, 2009.
  • The Rapids won the lone meeting between the teams last year, a 2-0 in the regular season finale at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
  • Colorado’s only win ever in Houston came in their last visit, a 2-1 win May 4, 2011 at Robertson Stadium. This is the first meeting at BBVA Compass Stadium.
  • Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear vs. COL: P25 W11 L7 D7 … Oscar Pareja vs. HOU: P1 W1 L0 D0

HOUSTON DYNAMO
The Houston Dynamo gained their first road point of 2013 in dramatic fashion, getting a stoppage-time equalizer for a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field. The Dynamo are in a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference with 13 points from 7 matches.

LAST MATCH

  • The home side took the lead in the 58th minute. A Dynamo clearance from their own box went only as far as Jeremy Hall some 25 yards from goal, and drove a low shot into the corner past sliding Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall.
  • Four minutes later, the Dynamo went down a man when defender Jermaine Taylor was shown a red card for a foul on Robert Earnshaw while both were racing for a loose ball over the top.
  • But the visitors pushed for the equalizer and it came in stoppage time. Ricardo Clark outjumped everyone to redirect a corner kick goalward, and second-year man Warren Creavalle redirected it past helpless goalkeeper Joe Bendik.
  • Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear made no changes to the team that defeated the Chicago Fire 2-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
  • HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-4-2): Tally Hall - Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine Taylor (sent off 62), Bobby Boswell, Corey Ashe - Andrew Driver, Adam Moffat (Warren Creavalle 41), Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis (Luiz Camargo 46) - Giles Barnes (Eric Brunner 64), Will Bruin.

TEAM NEWS

  • Having set the MLS record for the longest home undefeated streak in all competitions, the Dynamo can set the league mark for consecutive regular season home games without defeat. Real Salt Lake went 29 home games without a loss from 2009-11.
  • The Dynamo were able to take their first point on the road in the Toronto FC match, after losing both of their previous road starts. The Dynamo are 4-0-0 at home this season.
  • “There’s no better time to get a game-tying goal then right there at the end,” Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear said. “It wasn’t the best game. It was difficult circumstances all around with the climate and some of the things that happened during the game, but to walk out of there with a point, it was good for us.”
  • Warren Creavalle scored his second goal of the season to give the Dynamo the draw at Toronto FC. He’s now tied for the club lead in goals, along with Will Bruin, Giles Barnes and Brad Davis.
  • “It is a big away draw where instead of them getting three points we were able to get a point out of it and keep pushing up the standings,” said Creavalle.
  • There are two injury worries for the Rapids match. Adam Moffat was removed for a substitute in the 41st minute with a hamstring injury and Brad Davis did not return after the halftime break, with a groin injury.
  • “It’s one of those [situations] where you had to really be careful and make sure nothing gets worse,” Kinnear said. “It wasn’t an ideal situation. Hopefully it speeds up their recoveries and they’ll be available for the next game.”
  • In addition, Boniek García was an unused substitute in the Toronto match after missing the Portland and Chicago contests with an Achilles strain.
  • "He was an option ... we didn’t think 45 minutes in those conditions would be a good thing for him,” Kinnear said. “He wasn’t there just to make up numbers, he could play. As this week goes on I’d imagine he’d be in the running for minutes this weekend.”

READ: Injury-riddled Houston Dynamo hope to "make sure nothing gets worse"

COLORADO RAPIDS
The Colorado Rapids saw their two-game winning streak come to an end, Seattle Sounders FC striking early for a 1-0 win Saturday evening at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids are in a tie for seventh place in the Western Conference with 8 points from 8 matches.

LAST MATCH

  • The game's lone goal came after 17 minutes. Shalrie Joseph’s blast from just outside the penalty box required a diving save from Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin, and Obafemi Martins gobbled up the rebound and finished easily from short range for his first MLS goal.
  • Sounders FC goalkeeper Michael Gspurning made three saves for the clean sheet, including a pair of quality stops late in the match.
  • Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja made three changes to the team that posted a 1-0 win against Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center. Drew Moor came into central defense in place of Shane O'Neill, and Tony Cascio and Danny Mwanga came into the side in place of Deshorn Brown and Edson Buddle.
  • COLORADO RAPIDS (4-1-3-2): Clint Irwin - Brian Mullan, Marvell Wynne (Shane O'Neill 55), Drew Moor, Christopher Klute - Hendry Thomas - Nick LaBrocca (Kamani Hill 46), Dillon Powers, Tony Cascio (Jamie Smith 77) - Atiba Harris, Danny Mwanga.

READ: Rapids' Rivero, Mastroeni will travel to Dynamo game

TEAM NEWS

  • The Rapids saw their three-game undefeated streak come to an end in a 1-0 home loss to Seattle Sounders FC over the weekend. Three of Colorado’s four losses this season have come by 1-0 scorelines.
  • “Disappointed. Nothing else we can say about a game that I thought we controlled. A few mistakes there in the first half gave them the chance to lead the game, and then it was hard for us to react,” said Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja. “We said this before, and I’m thinking like I’m saying this over and over, but they created chances and we couldn’t equalize. … I’ve got to say that it was a few players that came today and did a good job, and stepped up. But we say that we need somebody who can put the ball in the back of the net, and we have said that a lot. We continue with that weakness for sure."
  • The Rapids were once again hit by key injuries. Striker Edson Buddle was scratched just before game time with right knee pain, the same injury that forced him to miss the first four games of this season.
  • "I haven’t seen this many missing people with injuries. Seriously, it’s unbelievable. I had to check to see if I had seen it before – I have not, not that I remember,” Pareja said. “And then after the warmups, somebody comes up to the coaches and says we lost another player. Then you have to adjust, and things like that. Let’s say that it doesn’t happen often."
  • In the second half, center back Marvell Wynne went down with a right quad strain, an injury that could leave him out for several weeks.
  • “It’s going to be difficult to have him ready for this weekend, for sure,” said Pareja. “So we’re going to wait at least a week to see how he’s developed to say if he’s probable for the following week or not. He has showed before that sometimes he recovers faster than other times. But as I said, Marv is a great professional. I hope the recovery goes that well. … We’re hoping that Marv and his recovery can be shorter than what it might be normally.”
  • During the buildup to the match, rookie Deshorn Brown suffered a right quad strain that left him unavailable for the match. “I think I’ll be out for a week, and probably against Houston, I’ll be able to play,” Brown said.
  • There could be good news on the horizon, as both Pablo Mastroeni and Martín Rivero played in Colorado's reserve match on Saturday night against Harrisburg City, with both players coming on as 69th-minute substitutes.
  • The Houston trip starts a run of three road games out of the next four for the Rapids; they won for the first time in four road starts in their last away match, at Chivas USA on April 13.
  • “We have to go in with the belief that we can get three points. We don’t go on the road with the belief that we are just going to hang in there or get a point,” said defender Drew Moor. “If we do, that’s great, but we have to have belief that we are going to go in and get three points; that we can go in and perform extremely well like we did (against Seattle). Score our chances and limit their chances.”