Live Gamethread: Houston Dynamo vs Montreal Impact

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Gameday is upon us once more. With the Houston Dynamo hosting a Montreal Impact side depleted by injuries and suspensions, it's unknown if the animosity seen last October will feature at BBVA tonight. Can the Dynamo make it two in a row?

THE BASICS:

Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact (DT preview)
Saturday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

CSN Houston - 7:30 p.m. (7:00 p.m. pregame) CHANNEL LISTINGS
MLS LIVE - 7:30 p.m.
Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM - 7:30 p.m. (7:00 p.m. pregame)
La Ranchera 850 AM - 7:30 p.m. (7:00 p.m. pregame)

REFEREES:

REFEREE: Yader Reyes. SAR (bench): Stefan McHardy; JAR (opposite): Luis Guardia; 4th: John Dearmond
MLS Career: 22 games; FC/gm: 27.1; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 7; pens: 3

INJURY REPORT:

HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: Eric Brunner – Right ankle sprain; QUESTIONABLE: Tony Cascio – Right knee sprain; Ricardo Clark – Left knee sprain

MONTREAL IMPACT -- OUT: Nelson Rivas – R thigh injury; Maxim Tissot – R shoulder sprain; Adrian Lopez – R knee surgery; Sanna Nyassi – L Knee injury

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

  • ALL-TIME (6 meetings): Dynamo 2 wins, 7 goals … Impact 3 wins, 12 goals … Ties 1
  • AT HOUSTON (3 meetings): Dynamo 2 wins, 5 goals … Impact 0 wins, 1 goals … Ties 1
  • RETURN MATCHES: 6/29: Montreal Impact vs. Houston Dynamo, 7:30 p.m. ET; 9/6: Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact, 7:30 p.m. CT
  • The teams met last year in the Knockout Round of the MLS Cup Playoffs, the Dynamo claiming a 3-0 victory at BBVA Compass Stadium behind a pair of goals from Will Bruin.
  • The Dynamo have not lost in all four lifetime meetings in all competitions at BBVA Compass Stadium, including a 1-0 regular season victory last year.
  • The Impact have won all three meetings lifetime in Montréal, including a 5-0 win in the second meeting last year, Aug. 24 at Stade Saputo.
  • Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear vs. MTL: P6 W2 L3 D1 … Frank Klopas vs. HOU: P7 W1 L1 D5
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Many questions remain about tonight's match. How bad is Cascio's injury? Will the Dynamo be forced to play without Ricardo Clark - something they did horribly last year? How much did last week's brace and assist boost the confidence of the Dancing Bear - and will he put up another brace at home against Montreal? How much will the Impact miss Nyassi, Marco Di Vaio, and Andres Romero? After a playoff match that ended in mêlée, how physical will this meeting get? And most importantly, can the Dynamo keep up their form from last Saturday, or will they suffer from an emotional letdown tonight?

The answers to all these questions will be known by the time of the final whistle. We here at Dynamo Theory are curious as to what they'll be - and you all are welcome to join us as we watch the match and cheer on the men in orange.
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