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Live Gamethread: Houston Dynamo vs Sporting Kansas City

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The Houston Dynamo are one step closer to their goal. They're near the end of the quest to secure a third straight berth in the MLS Cup finals, but first, they must get past rival Sporting Kansas City. The first match of the tie is here at BBVA Compass Stadium - can the Dynamo defend their home turf and take a lead back north?

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THE BASICS:

Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City (DT preview)
Saturday, November 9, 1:30 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

NBC - 1:30 p.m. CHANNEL LISTINGS
ESPN 97.5 - 1:30 p.m. (1:00 p.m. pregame)
La Ranchera 850 AM - 1:30 p.m. (1:00 p.m. pregame)

REFEREES:

REFEREE: Kevin Stott; AR1 (bench): Gregory Barkey; AR2 (opposite): Adam Wienckowski; 4th: Chris Penso

INJURY REPORT:

HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: Jermaine Taylor – Left foot fracture; SUSPENDED: Corey Ashe (yellow card accumulation)

SPORTING KANSAS CITY -- Lawrence Olum – Fractured fibula; Peterson Joseph &ndash Illness; Josh Gardner – Left ankle sprain

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

  • HOU 6 wins, 22 goals … KC 4 wins, 19 goals … Ties 8
  • 2013 HEAD-TO-HEAD: HOU 0 wins, 1 GF … KC 1 win, 2 GF … Ties 2
  • AT BBVA COMPASS STADIUM: 5/12: HOU 0, KC 1 (Collin 73); 10/9: HOU 0, KC 0
  • MLS CUP PLAYOFFS: HOU 3 wins, 6 GF … KC 1 win, 1 GF … 0 ties
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Once more, we play our dangerous game, a game of chess against our old adversary...

Sorry, I had to channel Sean Connery there for a second. This afternoon, the Houston Dynamo play their final match of the season at BBVA Compass Stadium against Sporting Kansas City. Most people will probably be there in the stadium, but if you aren't please feel free to come by and cheer on the Dynamo.