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Game Thread: Dynamo v New York Red Bulls, 2012 MLS Match 23

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BROADCAST INFORMATION:
NBC Sports Network - 7 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 (SPN Radio)
SportsTalk 790 (ENG Radio)

REFEREE:
Silviu Petrescu. MLS Career: 50 games; FC/gm: 27.4; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 8; pens: 7

INJURY REPORT:
HOUSTON DYNAMO -- DOUBTFUL: FW Will Bruin (R calf contusion)
NEW YORK RED BULLS - OUT: DF Brandon Barklage (R hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Heath Pearce (R hamstring strain)

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

  • ALL-TIME (13 meetings): Dynamo 2 wins, 14 goals ... Red Bulls 4 wins, 15 goals ... Ties 7
  • AT HOUSTON (6 meetings): Dynamo 2 wins, 10 goals ... Red Bulls 0 wins, 5 goals ... Ties 4
  • FUTURE MATCH: 8/10: New York Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo, 8 p.m. ET (NBC SN)
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season, after a Kenny Cooper goal gave the Red Bulls a 1-0 victory May 9 at Red Bull Arena. The Dynamo haven't defeated New York since a 1-0 win May 31, 2008. The Red Bulls have won four of the 10 league and MLS Cup meetings since, with six draws.
  • The teams have played to draws in their last three league meetings in Houston. But the Red Bulls closed out their Robertson Stadium history having never a regular-season game there (0-2-4) - though they did win the second leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Series in 2008.
  • Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear vs. NY: P18 W5 L5 D8 ... Hans Backe v HOU: P5 W2 L0 D3
  • LAST MEETING (MLS): 5/9: NY 1, HOU 0 (Cooper 7)