Dynamo Face Philadelphia on Sunday in Key, Late-Season Road MatchSeptember 22, 2012 - Major League Soccer (MLS) Houston Dynamo
Houston is 12-7-10 (46 points) after 29 games and in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Union are 7-14-6 (27 points) through 27 games and in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Sunday is the second of three meetings between the clubs this season and Houston's only visit to the City of Brotherly Love in 2012.
Houston defeated Philadelphia, 2-1, in their first meeting this season, played on June 30 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Brad Davis scored the opening goal for the Dynamo before Keon Daniel equalized for the Union early in the second half. Brian Ching delivered the game-winner with a penalty kick late in the second half. The third and final match of the season between both clubs is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Dynamo defeated the Union in the 2011 MLS playoffs, a 3-1 aggregate series victory. Houston secured a 2-1 win at PPL Park in the first leg before winning 1-0 in the second leg, the final Dynamo game at Robertson Stadium.
Philadelphia are led by Panamanian forward Gabriel Gomez (5 goals) and 20-year-old striker Jack McInerney (4 goals), along with all-star defender Carlos Valdez and midfielder Michael Farfan (25 games, 4 assists).
The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Houston Plus and MultiMedios 43 (Spanish). It can also be heard on KPRC 950 AM and La Ranchera 850 AM (Spanish).
On Thursday, the Dynamo earned a 4-0 win over C.D. FAS in CONCACAF Champions League play. Giles Barnes, Bobby Boswell, Cam Weaver and Calen Carr each scored for Houston.
Meanwhile, the Union fell to D.C. United, 1-0, on Thursday at PPL Park, extending their winless streak to eight games.
Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall has 11 shutouts on the season and can break Pat Onstad's franchise record with a shutout against Philadelphia.
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