HOUSTON - JULY 20: Cam Weaver #15 of the Houston Dynamo controls the ball against Bolton Wanderers at Robertson Stadium on July 20, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
It's going to be a late evening for Dynamo fans on Saturday as Houston travels to Los Angeles to face Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center. While Houston will welcome new acquisition Adam Moffat, a couple key players will be missing due to red card suspensions.
Brian Ching and Colin Clark will be unavailable after they both saw red last weekend against Sporting Kansas City. The Dynamo's midfield depth should be able to manage Clark's absence but the pressure will be on Will Bruin, Cam Weaver and Jason Garey to produce up front with Ching unable to play.
Not all the roster news is bad though, defender Jermaine Taylor trained on Thursday and will travel with the team this weekend. Taylor suffered a mild concussion against SKC and sat out of the team's midweek friendly against Bolton. Bobby Boswell is available to start in Taylor's place should the Jamaican be unable to go.
The Goats have been playing better of late, thanks in large part to the emergence of midfielder Nick LaBrocca. Chivas are unbeaten in their last four matches and containing LaBrocca will be key for the Dynamo defense. The midfielder has been on fire of late and was rewarded for his play with a spot on the MLS All-Star roster. Needless to say, he won't be sneaking up on the Dynamo, but that doesn't make stopping him any easier.
If Moffat starts in the defensive mid role, he'll be under a lot of pressure in his first match with the Dynamo.
After shifting formations against SKC to a 4-3-3, I expect we'll see Kinnear return to his more typical 4-4-2 with Bruin and Weaver up top. Look for a midfield of All-Stars Brad Davis and Geoff Cameron, along with Danny Cruz and Adam Moffat. The defense should look familiar with Corey Ashe and Kofi Sarkodie in the fullback spots and Andre Hainault inside with either Taylor or Boswell. Tally Hall, the team's MVP so far this season, will be in net and looking for his third clean sheet in his last four matches.
This match has playoff implications, despite the teams being in different conferences. Houston currently sits at 24 points, on ahead of Chivas USA for the third playoff wildcard spot.
The match kicks-off at 9:30pm CT on 11.2 KHOU and Match Day Live.