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Live Gamethread: Houston Dynamo vs New York Red Bulls

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Injuries. International callups. Mental toughness. Drive. Fatigue. The Houston Dynamo have many questions to answer, and it will be up to Dominic Kinnear and his staff to get them ready for this afternoon's clash with the New York Red Bulls. It is basically a must win match, and it will take work, but three points are on the line, and BBVA Compass must be defended. It all starts here, and it all starts this afternoon.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

THE BASICS:
Houston Dynamo vs. New York Red Bulls (DT preview)
Sunday, September 4, 4:00 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas

BROADCAST INFORMATION:
CSN Houston Plus - 4:00 p.m. (3:30 p.m. pregame) CHANNEL LISTINGS
Unímas - 4:00 p.m. CHANNEL LISTINGS
Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM - 4:00 p.m. (3:30 p.m. pregame)
La Ranchera 850 AM - 4:00 p.m. (3:30 p.m. pregame)

REFEREES:
Chris Penso. AR1 (bench): Jeff Muschik; AR2 (opposite): Jonathan Johnson; 4th: Daniel Fitzgerald MLS Career: 45 games; FC/gm: 22.7; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 13; pens: 15

INJURY REPORT:
HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: Corey Ashe – Left hamstring strain; Eric Brunner – Right ankle sprain; Andrew Driver – Right calf strain; QUESTIONABLE: Omar Cummings – Left knee sprain; Ricardo Clark – Illness; Tyler Deric – Right thumb fracture; INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: Boniek García (Honduras); Jermaine Taylor (Jamaica); Brad Davis (USA)

NEW YORK RED BULLS -- OUT: Tim Cahill – Right ankle ligament tear; Ian Christianson – Right fifth metatarsal surgery; Connor Lade – Right knee injury; Roy Miller – Left Achilles injury; Heath Pearce – Hip surgery; QUESTIONABLE: Brandon Barklage – Left glute strain; INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: Tim Cahill (Australia); SUSPENDED: Ibrahim Sekagya

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

  • ALL-TIME (16 meetings): Dynamo 3 wins, 16 goals ... Red Bulls 6 wins, 19 goals ... Ties 7
  • AT HOUSTON (7 meetings): Dynamo 3 wins, 12 goals ... Red Bulls 0 wins, 5 goals ... Ties 4
  • FUTURE MATCH: 10/20: Houston Dynamo vs. New York Red Bulls, 4 p.m. CT (UniMas)
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Fabian Espíndola and Jonny Steele scored second- half goals to lead the Red Bulls to a 2-0 win June 30 in Harrison.
  • The visiting team has never won in league play in the all-time series between the teams. The Red Bulls are 6- 0-3 all-time at home vs. Houston; the Dynamo are 4-0-3 all-time at home vs. New York.
  • The Red Bulls did win the second leg of a conference semifinal series in Houston in the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs, advancing 4-1 on aggregate after a 3-0 win at Robertson Stadium, following a 1-1 draw in the first leg.
  • Coaches record: Mike Petke vs. HOU: P1 W1 L0 D0 ... Dominic Kinnear v NY: P21 W6 L7 D8
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Well, the stars are aligning for what will certainly be an interesting fixture. The Dynamo will need all the support they can get at BBVA Compass, but if you can't make it out there this afternoon, we'll be glad to have you here with us. Come on in and cheer the men in orange.