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Game Thread: Dynamo v Galaxy (2011 - Match 34)

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Houston Dynamo (11-9-13, 46 pts.) vs. LA Galaxy (19-4-10, 67 pts.)
Robertson Stadium - Houston, TX - 6:00pm CT

The regular season finale. The final regular season game (potentially last Dynamo game ever) played at Robertson Stadium. A chance to leapfrog the Columbus Crew and the Philadelphia Union and take over 2nd place in the Eastern Conference, bypassing the wildcard round. Yeah, this is kind of a big game.

Here's the playoff scenarios:

Dynamo win: Houston finishes 2nd place in East, plays the Union in a dual-leg tie with the second match in Houston.

Dynamo draw: Houston plays at Colorado in a wildcard match.

Dynamo loss: Houston plays at FC Dallas in a wildcard match.

Simple as that.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:
FOX Sports Houston (ENG TV)
Galavision (SPN TV - National Broadcast)
KPRC 950 (ENG Radio)
La Ranchera 850 (SPN Radio)

REFEREE: 
Jorge Gonzalez. MLS Career: 71 games; FC/gm: 24.5; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 23; pens: 21

INJURY REPORT (as of Friday, October 21): 
HOUSTON DYNAMO - OUT: FW Cam Weaver (R hip)
LA GALAXY - OUT: DF Sean Alvarado (R knee surgery); DF Bryan Jordan (L middle finger tendon rupture); FW Robbie Keane (L adductor strain); DF Leonardo (R knee surgery); QUESTIONABLE: MF David Beckham (back spasms); DF Gregg Berhalter (R foot sprain); FW Landon Donovan (R quadriceps strain); DF Sean Franklin (R knee inflammation); GK Donovan Ricketts (R quad tightness)

HEAD-TO-HEAD:
ALL-TIME (14 meetings): Dynamo 4 wins, 14 goals ... Galaxy 6 wins, 16 goals ... Ties 4 AT HOUSTON (7 meetings): Dynamo 2 wins, 6 goals ... Galaxy 3 wins, 6 goals ... Ties 2
Coaches record: Bruce Arena vs. HOU: P8 W5 L2 D1 ... Dominic Kinnear v LA: P22 W8 L9 D5

 

Dynamo Starting XI & Bench:

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Galaxy Starting XI:

Ricketts; Hejduk, Robinson, Berhalter, DeLaGarza; Jimenez, Birchall, Keat, Stephens; Kirovski, McBean