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Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Houston Dynamo, MLS, Philadelphia Union, Recent | 0 comments

Match Preview: Union vs Dynamo

Houston Dynamo

BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas

10/20/12 - 7:30 P.M.

NBCSN

Versus:

3 Wins – 2 Draws – 1 Loss

  • This will be the 7th meeting between these two teams.
  • The Union will travel to BBVA Compass Stadium, where they are 0-0-1.
  • The Union have beaten Houston every season dating back to 2010. The first Union loss in this match-up came this season.
  • The last meeting between these two sides saw the Union take all three points, as an Adu-driven Philadelphia lineup defeated Houston at home 3-1.
  • The Union have always had the Dynamo’s number, but watch out for the dangerous trio of Bruin, Davis, and Boniek, as they could cause fits for the Union backline.

Injury Report:

Dynamo:

QUESTIONABLE:  MF Brad Davis (L calf strain)

Union:

OUT: DF Bakary Soumare (R knee menisectomy recovery)

DOUBTFUL: DF Sheanon Williams (L ankle peroneal/Achilles strain)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Gabriel Farfan (R ankle contusion); MF Danny Cruz (L big toe sesamoid stress fracture); FW Zach Pfeffer (L knee contusion)

PROBABLE: MF Freddy Adu (L quad strain)

Facts:

  • The Union are on a two-game win streak, and have picked up nine points in their last four games.
  • Houston drew their last home game against Montreal by a score of 1-1.
  • Houston have only lost three games since 6/30, one of them at the hands of The Union.
  • The Dynamo have never lost at BBVA Compass Stadium since it’s opening in mid-May.
  • Philadelphia have been pitiful away from home this season, winning only thrice on the road.

Danger Men:

  • Oscar Boniek Garcia: While Oscar Boniek Garcia, or Oscar Garcia, or Boniek, or whatever the hell Dynamo fans have decided to call him today looks malnourished, he is damn good. Boniek has been a difference-maker since coming to Houston, as he has notched three goals and six assists in only sixteen games.
  • Will Bruin: “The Dancing Bear” was only good for five goals last season, but many thought he had more in him than that. This season he exploded, scoring twelve goals and racking up five assists in 31 games. He’s been a very productive target man this season and will cause trouble for the Union defense.

Match Up to Watch:

  • Will Bruin vs. Carlos Valdes/Amobi Okugo: Bruin has earned acclaim for his versatility this year, as he has shown that he is more than a target man. His off-the-ball antics and all-around soccer IQ are off the charts, and he will surely split Valdes and Okugo more than once this weekend.

Villains:

  • BRAD DAVIS: His name is in all caps for a reason; I hate the guy. He is a whiny, floppy-eared troll who will gladly fall to the ground at the graze of an arm. He will look to get under the Union’s skin, so look out for a Brad Davis vs. Sheanon Williams (if he is good to go) brawl some time around the 70th minute.
No one wants to hug you, troll. (Anthony Vasser/ Houston Dynamo)
  • Tally Hall: I’d put him in the same category as Brad Davis; I hate his face. Hall has succeeded Canadian International, Pat Onstad, well, and has emerged as one of the top goalkeepers in the league.

 

Prediction: 2-1 Dynamo

  • I think it will be a close one, but the Dynamo will eventually close out the injury-plagued Union. Houston have showed that they can compete with the big guys, and they will do that on a semi-regular level. If Brad Davis is unable to play, and Houston is having an off-day, it could be tricky, but Houston should be able to take this one.
  • From a Union standpoint, I am hoping that Hack will field an ambitious lineup. Yes, “Hackworth” and “ambitious” in the same sentence with the words “is not” nowhere to be found. I’d like to see Adu play centrally and Marfan out wide again, and, for the love of [insert deity here], will Hackworth put Lahoud on the wing!
  • Overall, the Union’s trip to Texas won’t be a pleasant one. If the U can find some sort of rhythm or preferred lineup, that would be enough of a victory for me. If we can’t even do that, maybe we can upgrade Brad Davis’s injury status (kidding, kind of).

As always, hit me up on Twitter if you want to talk soccer, call me an idiot, or make fun of my face.

 

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