The Houston Dynamo learned their first playoff opponent earlier tonight, far before kickoff of their match in Colorado. With New York beating Philadelphia 3-0 in an early afternoon game, the Dynamo were scoreboard watching in the D.C. United at Chicago match.
A win by D.C. United combined with a Dynamo win against Colorado would've seen Houston host the one game playoff match, but those results were not in the cards.
Chicago and D.C. United drew 1-1, which will keep Houston in the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference - regardless of tonight's result in Colorado.
Houston was hoping to host the one game playoff, but they will have to win on the road to keep their MLS Cup dreams alive. The Dynamo went 3-8-5 on the road (excluding tonight's match), while the Fire were 11-3-3 at home.
Houston faced Chicago three times in 2012, posting a 0-1-2 record. They played to two draws - April 15th in Chicago and July 3rd in Houston. The one Dynamo loss was a lopsided 3-1 defeat on September 2nd at Toyota Park.
The game is scheduled for 8:00pm CST on Wednesday evening.
If Houston advances, they will host Eastern Conference leader Sporting Kansas City on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium.