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Game Thread: Dynamo at Sounders, 2012 MLS Week 3

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Game three of the season opening sojourn finds the Dynamo in Seattle to face their biggest test of the young season against the Sounders.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:
NBC Sports Network - 9 p.m. (Comcast: 49/HD 649; AT&T Uverse: 640/HD 1640; DirecTV: 603; Dish: 151)
KPRC 950 (ENG Radio)
La Ranchera 850 (SPN Radio)

REFEREE:
Baldomero Toledo - 127 games; FC/gm: 24.9; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 47; pens: 47

INJURY REPORT:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC - OUT: GK Josh Ford (knee pain); DF Andrew Duran (knee surgery); DF Michael Tetteh (hamstring); MF Mauro Rosales (knee injury); FW O'Brian White (leg surgery); MF Steve Zakuani (leg fracture); DOUBTFUL: FW Eddie Johnson (hip injury)
HOUSTON DYNAMO -- PROBABLE: DF Corey Ashe (L hamstring strain)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES:
SEA: Babayele Sodade (Canada U-23) ... HOU: Kofi Sarkodie (USA U-23)

LAST YEAR (MLS):

3/25: SEA 1, HOU 1 (Zakuani 80 - Cameron 42); 7/30: HOU 3, SEA 1 (Clark 7; Ching 23, 70 - Fernandez 37)
This is the only league meeting between the teams this season.
Sounders FC have never lost to the Dynamo in their CenturyLink Field home. Seattle has won two of the three league games (with one draw); the teams also played to a draw in Seattle in the 2009 Western Conference Semifinals.
In nine all-time meetings, including the two games in the MLS Cup Playoffs and a U.S. Open Cup semifinal, the road team has never taken the full points.

Coaches record: Sigi Schmid vs. HOU: P12 W3 L4 D5 ... Dominic Kinnear vs. SEA: P6 W2 L2 D2

Dynamo Starting XI & Bench:

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Sounders Starting XI:

Gspurning; Hurtado, Ianni, Burch, Scott; Evans, Alonso, Fernandez, Levesque; Estrada, Montero