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Game Thread: Dynamo v Whitecaps (2011 - Match 4)

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Houston Dynamo (0-1-2) v Vancouver Whitecaps (1-1-2)
Robertson Stadium - Houston, TX - 6:00pm CT


BROADCAST INFORMATION
Galavision (SPN National Broadcast)
KHOU (ENG Local)
FOX Sports Houston (ENG Regional)
SportsTalk 790 (ENG Radio)
La Ranchera 850 (SPN Radio)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME: First meeting.
RETURN MATCH: 8/27: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Houston Dynamo, 6 p.m. CT
Coaches record: Teitur Thordarson v HOU: First game ... Dominic Kinnear vs. VAN: First game



The Dynamo welcome the expansion Whitecaps to Houston for the first time today with the Dynamo still looking for their first win of the season. I hesitate to label matches as "must wins" this early in the season but this is about as close as it comes. Houston must make a habit of getting full points at Robertson this season if they want to contend for a playoff spot. Yes, I say that all the time but it's a simple truth that will define the 2011 season.

Houston faces some serious questions heading in to this match. Can the offense create chances without Brian Ching in the lineup and how effective will Brad Davis be after struggling with a hamstring injury for most of the week?

Tall Hall has been bombarded in the past two league matches and the team can't keep asking him to keep them in matches. They must improve possession and find ways to challenge Vancouver's defense to prevent another shooting gallery type situation for their defense to deal with.

 

Dynamo Starting XI:

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Dynamo Bench: Deric, Chabala, Robinson, Sarkodie, Clark, Dixon, Garey.

Whitecaps Starting XI:

Nolly; Leathers, DeMerit, Boxall, Wagner; Chiumiento, Brovsky, Rochat, Khalfan; Camilo, Harris

 

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