Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) - The Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire are both
in the thick of the playoff race in a tight Eastern Conference, and the two
sides will get together with three big points on the line at Toyota Park on
The two sides are separated by just two points ahead of Sunday's contest, and
the Dynamo will be eager to erase the memory of their last league outing.
A confident Houston side was coming off of a 3-1 win over Seattle in its
previous game as the club traveled across the border to face Montreal.
But a 5-0 pasting at the hands of the Impact followed, marking the worst
defeat in franchise history.
"It was a poor performance on the field against a team of Montreal's caliber
and hence you're going to get a lot of goals scored on you," Houston
goalkeeper Tally Hall said following the drubbing. "We didn't play well
[enough] to get a win, not even to get a tie."
But Houston showed some resilience on Tuesday by bouncing back with a 2-1
victory over Arabe Unido in CONCACAF Champions League play, and head coach
Dominic Kinnear will be hoping for more of the same.
The Fire brings some momentum into the contest having won three of their last
A 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City last time out not only netted the club
three points, but also its first clean sheet since June 2.
"It was about time," defender Gonzalo Segares said. "I think that it was a
great moment against a very difficult team. We needed it. We needed that
shutout and that victory. I think if we keep pushing, we're right in the mix
for the playoffs."
Chicago has won six of its last seven games at Toyota Park, and another
victory on Sunday would push the club further into the playoff discussion.
And another good performance from the defense would take some of the pressure
off the team's attack, which has been required to score multiple goals in
winning six of its last 10 contests.
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