Preview: Crew vs. Dynamo

Crew battle Dynamo to stay on pace in the East

ROBERTSON STADIUM, Houston, Texas
7:30 p.m. CT (KHOU/FS-H+/Azteca; ONN)
June 18, 2011 (WEEK 14; MLS Game 134)

The Houston Dynamo remain at home for a second consecutive weekend when
they play host to the Columbus Crew on Saturday evening at Robertson
Stadium. The Dynamo won for the first time in more than a month last
time out, a 2-1 come-from-behind win against Chivas USA. The Crew lost
for the first time in four games, a 1-0 loss at home to the Chicago
Fire.

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REFEREE: Jasen Anno. SAR (bench): Fabio Tovar; JAR (opposite): Ian Anderson; 4th: Juan Guzman
MLS Career: 25 games; FC/gm: 22.9; Y/gm: 3.1; R: 16; pens: 7

INJURY REPORT: HOUSTON DYNAMO — OUT: FW Calen Carr (concussion); DOUBTFUL: DF Eddie Robinson (L knee MCL sprain) ... COLUMBUS CREW — OUT:
DF Josh Williams (R hip labral tear); MF Danny O'Rourke (L knee
surgery); MF Dilly Duka (R ankle sprain); MF Leandro Griffit (abdominal
strain); DOUBTFUL: Emilio Renteria (L quad strain); QUESTIONABLE: FW
Tommy Heinemann (L hamstring strain); FW Jeff Cunningham (R hamstring
strain); PROBABLE: FW Santiago Prim (R ankle sprain); FW Bernardo Anor
(L ankle sprain); FW Andres Mendoza (L wrist fracture)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: HOU: Jermaine Taylor, Je-Vaughn Watson (Jamaica) ... CLB: Robbie Rogers (USA)
SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: CLB: Emmanuel Ekpo
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: CLB: Kevin Burns, Julius James ... HOU: Brad Davis, Lovel Palmer

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (10 meetings): Dynamo 2 wins, 9 goals ... Crew 3 wins, 11 goals ... Ties 5
AT HOUSTON (5 meetings): Dynamo 1 win, 5 goals ... Crew 0 wins, 3 goals ... Ties 4
RETURN MATCH: 9/14: Columbus Crew vs. Houston Dynamo, 7:30 p.m. ET

LAST YEAR (MLS):
7/10: HOU 0, CLB 0
7/24: CLB 3, HOU 0 (Renteria 34; Iro 84; Griffit 90)
•    The Crew have never won at Robertson Stadium. But in five all-time
meetings there, the Dynamo have won just once (2-0 in 2008); the other
four results have been draws.
•    The Crew have won the last three meetings at Crew Stadium.
•    Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear vs. CLB: P14 W4 L5 D5 ... Robert Warzycha vs. HOU: P4 W2 L0 D2

HOUSTON DYNAMO

The Houston Dynamo snapped their winless streak at seven games, coming
back for a 2-1 win Saturday against Chivas USA at Robertson Stadium. The
Dynamo have 18 points from 15 games on the season, sitting in a tie for
third place in the Eastern Conference.

LAST MATCH
•    Chivas scored after just seven minutes. Marcos Mondaini poached a
botched Hunter Freeman back pass and pushed the ball around an
on-rushing Tally Hall, slotting home from a tight angle.
•    Geoff Cameron scored the equalizer in the 29th minute, heading
home from the penalty spot on a Brad Davis free kick swung in from out
on the right touchline.
•    The winner came in the 55th minute. A Davis corner kick was
knocked back out from the goalmouth by Michael Lahoud, but the ball
ricocheted off Heath Pearce's leg and back past Chivas goalkeeper Dan
Kennedy.
•    Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear made two changes to the team
that lost 2-0 to the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. Eddie
Robinson and Corey Ashe came into the team for Mike Chabala - and Danny
Cruz.
•    HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-4-2): Tally Hall - Hunter Freeman, Eddie
Robinson (Danny Cruz 56), Bobby Boswell, Corey Ashe - Colin Clark (Mike
Chabala 83), Lovel Palmer, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis - Will Bruin, Cam
Weaver (Brian Ching 70).

TEAM NEWS
•    The Dynamo won for the first time since April 29 in the victory,
extending their Robertson Stadium unbeaten streak to nine vs. Chivas
USA.
•    "I'm happy we won," Houston coach Dominic Kinnear said. "It's been
awhile. Give the guys credit for coming out of halftime determined. ...
It was kind of a fluky goal. And a little bit of luck touched us, which
we haven't had in a while and it's good to see.
•    Brad Davis contributed his league-leading ninth assist, leading
the Dynamo comeback in their 2-1 win against Chivas USA. Three of the
assists have come on set piece services.
•    Eddie Robinson returned to the lineup after missing five games to
injury, making just his second start of the season. But he was forced
off early in the second half after straining the medial collateral
ligament in his left knee.
•    "If there's ever a time you don't want an injury, it's right now
when you're trying to establish yourself on the team when there's
minutes available," said Robinson. "So that's frustrating. I'm very
frustrated to miss a day of training. This is the first day of training
I've missed this year. More than anything, I'm just frustrated. I'm not
in much pain."
•    The Dynamo were aiding by Panama's last-second equalizer in Gold
Cup on Monday, which eliminated Canada from the competition, meaning
defender AndrÈ Hainault should be available.
•    "With Eddie going down, obviously there's a need for another
defender to come in that has played and has some experience," Kinnear
said. "You don't want to wish ill will on one of those guys, but you do
wish those guys can come back as soon as possible."
•    Brian Ching was able to make his first appearance since May 4, coming on in the 70th minute.
•    "It's always difficult getting fit," Ching said. "But by playing, I
think that's the way you get fittest the quickest. It was a good start
on Saturday."

COLUMBUS CREW

The Columbus Crew couldn't build on a midweek victory, falling 2-1 to
the Chicago Fire on Sunday afternoon at Crew Stadium. The Crew have 18
points from 14 games on the season, in a tie for third place in the
Eastern Conference.

LAST MATCH
•    The game's lone goal came just after the clock turned over the
90-minute mark. Orr Barouch dribbled through a host of Crew defenders on
the right side of the box before firing a shot that Crew goalkeeper
William Hesmer was able to get a hand to. But he merely stopped the ball
for Cristian Nazarit, who swept into the goal.
•    Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson was not called upon to make a single save in recording the shutout.
•    Crew head coach Robert Warzycha made one change to the team that
came back for a 2-1 victory against Real Salt Lake at Crew Stadium.
Justin Meram came into the midfield for Kevin Burns.
•    COLUMBUS CREW (4-1-3-2): William Hesmer - Sebastian Miranda, Chad
Marshall, Julius James, Josh Gardner - Rich Balchan - Eddie Gaven,
Emmanuel Ekpo, Justin Meram (Dejan Rusmir 52) - Jeff Cunningham (Kevin
Burns 73), Andres Mendoza.

TEAM NEWS

•    The Crew did not register a single shot on goal or win a single
corner kick in the loss. It was the first time the club had gone without
a shot on goal since a 2-0 loss to Chicago to open the 2002 season.
•    "We did not have any offense whatsoever," Warzycha said. "We could not do anything."
•    After taking (and scoring) the penalty kick that could have given
Jeff Cunningham the all-time MLS goalscoring lead, Crew striker AndrÈs
Mendoza issued an apology. The pair started in attack together against
Chicago, Cunningham removed after 73 minutes.
•    "Too many guys had a bad game today — too many at once, put it
that way," Warzycha said. "Chicago was a team that wanted it more. When
you have a combination of a team that wants it more and good players,
obviously you're going to lose the game."
•    Earlier this season, the Crew managed to take points from two
games when they were shutout, in scoreless draws. They've now lost three
of their last six, all while being shut out, and two by 1-0 scorelines.
•    "This is the problem," said defender Sebastian Miranda. "We have
to play the same way we did against Salt Lake. We would win all the
games. I don't know why, but sometimes we are very good and sometimes we
are very bad."
•    With a dearth of attacking options because of injury, Warzycha
brought on a pair of mainly defensive substitutions in second-half
changes, Kevin Burns and Dejan Rusmir. Aaron Horton, who made his
professional debut vs. Real Salt Lake, was an unused substitute.
•    "I was trying to help the midfielders and the team possess the
ball," Warzycha said. "It was a completely different game than Salt
Lake. Salt Lake was more emotional. [Horton] was fired up. Here, I'm
asking the kid to change the result or the way we're playing. I couldn't
throw him under the bus."
•    Warzycha said he hoped both Emilio Renteria and Tommy Heinemann
would be available for the Houston match. Renteria has missed the last
four games, while Heinemann has missed the last two.