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Game Thread: Dynamo v Union (2011 Playoffs - Eastern Conference Semifinal 2nd Leg)

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Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union
Robertson Stadium - Houston, TX - 7:30pm CT
2011 MLS Playoffs - Eastern Conference Semifinal 2nd Leg
Dynamo Lead on Aggregate 2-1

 

BROADCAST INFORMATION:
ESPN2 (ENG TV)
ESPN Deportes (SPN TV)
SportsTalk 790(ENG Radio)
La Ranchera 850 (SPN Radio)

 

PREVIEW:
The Dynamo and Philadelphia Union will meet at Robertson Stadium on Thursday night with a spot in the Eastern Conference championship game on the line. Houston grabbed control of the series with a 2-1 win in Sunday's first leg at PPL Park, but Philadelphia has won both of its all-time games in Houston. A Union win by one goal would send the series to overtime, while a multi-goal win would send the second-year club to its first playoff series victory. A Houston win or tie would see the Dynamo advance to their fourth conference championship game in six seasons.

 

REFEREE: Ricardo Salazar. SAR (bench): Craig Lowry; JAR (opposite): Peter Manikowski; 4th: Edvin Jurisevic

INJURY REPORT: (as of Tuesday, November 1):

HOUSTON DYNAMO - OUT: FW Cam Weaver (R hip)

PHILADELPHIA UNION - OUT: GK Thorne Holder (concussion); FW Levi Houapeu (L ankle strain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Michael Farfan (R foot contusion); FW Veljko Paunovic (R hamstring strain); PROBABLE: MF Justin Mapp (L quad strain)

WARNINGS: (suspended next yellow): HOU: Danny Cruz, Adam Moffat ... PHI: Brian Carroll, Gabriel Farfan, Stefani Miglioranzi, Sheanon Williams

Dynamo Starting XI & Bench:

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Union Starting XI:

Mondragon; G. Farfan, Califf, Valdes, Williams; M. Farfan, Carroll, Paunovic, Le Toux; Mwanga, McInerney