The New England Revolution are in Texas today to take on the Houston Dynamo in an Eastern Conference clash that's set to be a bit of a slugfest. Houston is a big, physical team that doesn't like to play pretty soccer, and an undercurrent of animosity between the teams seems to run through each meeting.
Everyone is familiar with the back-to-back heartbreak of 2006 and 2007 when the Dynamo beat the Revs in the MLS Cup Final, but in reality the team's regular-season record against the franchise is quite favorable. New England is 6-3-5 all-time against Houston, including an encouraging 4-2-1 record in Houston. That said, the Dynamo have been fantastic at home, only just breaking a long unbeaten run at their new BBVA Compass Stadium.
This will be a challenge for the vaunted Revolution back line. Houston likes to bang around, and the threats of players like Will Bruin, Brad Davis, and Boniek Garcia would be a handful for any team. Defensively, the Dynamo aren't perfect, but Tally Hall is an excellent goalkeeper and they aren't an easy team to score on.
REVOLUTION INJURY REPORT
OUT: Kevin Alston (Disabled List, Illness), A.J. Soares (R Hamstring Strain)
QUESTIONABLE: Kelyn Rowe (R Calf Tightness), Jose Goncalves (R Adductor Tightness)
DYNAMO INJURY REPORT
OUT: Calen Carr (L Knee), Omar Cummings (R Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: Tyler Deric (L Ankle), Cam Weaver (Lower Back)
- New England and Houston have met 14 times in the overall MLS regular-season series, with the Revs holding a 6-3-5 record against the Dynamo...the Revolution is 6-3-7 against the Dynamo in all competitions, including MLS Cup and SuperLiga
- The Revs began the all-time series with a 6-1-3 record against Houston through the 2010 season, but since the start of the 2011 season, Houston has gone 2-0-2 against New England with two wins at home and two draws at Gillette Stadium
- Saturday's meeting will be the first of three meetings between the two clubs this season...the two clubs play at Gillette Stadium on July 13 and September 28 to complete out the regular-season series
- In 2012, Houston posted a 1-0-1 record against the Revs to win the two-game season series...the Dynamo earned a 2-0 victory at BBVA Compass Stadium the last time these two teams met on Sept. 29, 2012
- Saturday's match will be just the second ever trip to BBVA Compass Stadium for the Revs
- In all but one meeting - the 2-1 Revs win in Houston on Oct. 10, 2010 - the winning team has recorded a shutout or the match has ended in a draw...overall, there have been eight shutouts in 13 regular-season meetings
- Houston's victory in the regular-season series in 2011 was just the second Dynamo regular-season series victory...the Revs won the regular-season series in 2007, 2008 and 2010, while the teams split in 2006 and 2009.
- New England and Houston have met in three tournament finals: MLS Cup 2006, MLS Cup 2007, SuperLiga 2008...Houston won the 2006 MLS title match in penalty kicks after extra time finished 1-1 in Frisco, Texas, and then one year later took the 2007 championship with a come-from-behind, 2-1 victory in Washington, D.C....the Revs won SuperLiga 2008 in penalty kicks after the teams were knotted at 2-2 after extra time at Gillette Stadium
- Saer Sene is the Revolution's current leading scorer against Houston with two goals in one appearance...Sene scored a penalty kick goal and later an unassisted strike when the teams met on May 19, 2012, at Gillette Stadium
- Sainey Nyassi has also recorded one goal and one assist in five appearances against Houston
- Kevin Alston recorded the first assist of his career against the Dynamo, picking up the second assist on Kheli Dube's game-winning goal at Houston on Aug. 25, 2009
- Matt Reis is 5-2-5 in his regular-season career against the Dynamo with a 0.92 goals against average and five shutouts
- Bobby Shuttleworth has 1-1-0 against Houston, with both appearances coming on the road...he made six saves in the Oct. 10, 2010 meeting at Robertson Stadium, and drew the loss in the team's the 2-0 loss on Sept. 29, 2012, at BBVA Compass Stadium
- Former Rev Steve Ralston is Houston's assistant coach, and still holds a share of the New England career scoring lead against the Dynamo with three goals and one assist in seven regular-season appearances
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