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Dynamo vs. Earthquakes: Five Things You Need to Know

After a Murphy's Law experience in Colorado, the Dynamo return home to face the San Jose Earthquakes. Houston could be missing a key part of their offense as they attempt to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

Let's take a look at five facts about this game you should know.


1. The Dynamo offense has been at best inconsistent and things could be even more difficult on Sunday with Brian Ching listed as doubtful with a calf injury.

2. This is the sixth meeting between the old 'Quakes and the new 'Quakes, and the series is knotted at 2-2-1. The Houston roster includes seven players whose last club was San Jose and an eighth, Richard Mulrooney, who played the first six years of his career there, including one when the team was known as the Clash. Dominic Kinnear played for the Clash in 1997, Wade Barrett played six seasons for San Jose, and Tim Hanley played for the NASL Earthquakes in the 1980s. Kinnear spent five seasons coaching in San Jose, including 2004-05 as head coach, while Hanley coached at the club in eight different seasons.

3. Lovel Palmer won't be able to serve his red card suspension this week as he is away with the Jamaican National Team. He will have to sit out the Toronto FC match in two weeks.

4. Former Dynamo player Chris Wondolowski leads San Jose with eight goals this season. From 2006-2009, Wondolowski made 37 appearances for Houston, netting four goals.

5. With the Kansas City match moved from the 11th to the 22nd of September, the Dynamo will have two weeks off after this weekend's game. Should be a good chance for the team to rest and heal for the final games of the season.