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Game Thread: Dynamo v Columbus Crew, 2012 MLS Match 25

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BROADCAST:
FOX Sports Houston - 8 p.m.
MultiMedios Houston - 7:30 p.m.
SportsTalk 790 - 7:30 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 7:30 p.m.

REFEREE:
Drew Fischer. MLS Career: 2 games; FC/gm: 27.0; Y/gm: 2.5; R: 0; pens: 0

INJURY REPORT:
HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: DF Alex Dixon (heat illness)
COLUMBUS CREW - OUT: FW Tommy Heinemann (L knee surgery); GK William Hesmer (R hip surgery); MF Bernardo Anor (L knee ACL tear); DOUBTFUL: DF Rich Balchan (sports hernia rehab); QUESTIONABLE: MF Danny O'Rourke (L ankle sprain); DF Nenamja Vukovic (L ankle sprain)

HEAD-TO-HEAD:
  • ALL-TIME (13 meetings) - Dynamo 2 wins, 13 goals ... Crew 4 wins, 17 goals ... Ties 7
  • AT HOUSTON (6 meetings): Dynamo 1 win, 5 goals ... Crew 1 win, 5 goals ... Ties 4
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Goals from Will Bruin and Brian Ching canceled out a two-goal night from the Crew's Eddie Gaven, leaving the teams in a 2-2 draw, April 21 in Columbus.
  • The Crew have a six-game unbeaten streak alive against the Dynamo, over the last three seasons, with three wins and three draws in that time. Houston's last victory in the series came Aug. 2, 2008.
  • The Crew's win at Robertson Stadium last year was their first ever. The teams had played to draws in four of the first five encounters there; the Dynamo won 2-0 on Aug. 2, 2008.
  • Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear vs. CLB: P17 W4 L6 D7 ... Robert Warzycha vs. HOU: P7 W3 L0 D4
Dynamo Starting XI & Bench:

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Crew Starting XI:

Gruenebaum; Miranda, Marshall, Mendes, Williams; Duka, Grossman, Birchall, Meram; Gaven, Arrieta