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Live Gamethread: Philadelphia Union vs Houston Dynamo

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It comes down to this. One match at a time, the Houston Dynamo try to salvage their playoff chances. It starts tonight, at PPL Park, against the Philadelphia Union. Three points and a playoff spot are on the line - are the Dynamo up to the task?

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

THE BASICS:
Houston Dynamo at Philadelphia Union (DT preview)
Saturday, September 14, 6:30 p.m. CT
PPL Park, Chester, Pennsylvania

BROADCAST INFORMATION:
CSN Houston Plus - 6:30 p.m. (6:00 p.m. pregame) CHANNEL LISTINGS
Mega TV - 6:30 p.m. (6:00 p.m. pregame) CHANNEL LISTINGS
MLS Stream of the Week
La Ranchera 850 AM - 6:30 p.m. (6:00 p.m. pregame)

REFEREES:
REFEREE: Mark Kadlecik. AR1 (bench): Eric Proctor; AR2 (opposite): Scott Kachmarik; 4th: Sorin Stoica

INJURY REPORT:

HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: Corey Ashe – Left hamstring strain; Eric Brunner – Right ankle sprain; Andrew Driver – Right calf strain; QUESTIONABLE: Tyler Deric – Right thumb fracture; Calen Carr – Left knee; SUSPENSION: Boniek García

PHILADELPHIA UNION -- None.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

  • ALL-TIME (8 meetings): Union 3 wins, 11 goals ... Dynamo 3 wins, 11 goals ... Ties 2
  • AT PHILADELPHIA (4 meetings): Union 1 win, 5 goals ... Dynamo 0 wins, 3 goals ... Ties 2
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Ricardo Clark scored the game’s only goal in the 59th minute for a Dynamo victory July 6 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
  • The Dynamo have never won at PPL Park, the teams reaching draws in their first two meetings in Chester before Union’s 3-1 win last Sept. 23.
  • The clubs met in the 2011 Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Dynamo advancing 3-1 on aggregate after a 2-1 win at PPL Park, then a 1-0 home win.
  • Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear v PHI: P8 W3 L3 D2 ... John Hackworth vs. HOU: P4 W1 L3 D0
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No need to sugarcoat what's at stake here. It's crunch time. The Dynamo need points, and they have a chance to grab three in Philadelphia tonight. Drop on by to cheer on the men in orange (and perhaps catch a glimpse of new Dynamo Servando Carrasco) as they try to right the ship and start another run to the postseason.