MATCH PREVIEW: Red Bulls vs. Dynamo

New York looks to extend unbeaten streak against Houston

The Houston Dynamo will be looking to put an end to a long slide when they meet the New York Red Bulls for a second time this season on the Fourth of July at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo have lost a club-record five games in a row – now having gone nearly seven hours without a goal – following their 3-0 loss at Montréal last weekend. The Red Bulls, who hit the road following a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC last Friday, defeated the Dynamo 4-0 earlier this season at Red Bull Arena.

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REFEREE: Ismail Elfath. SAR (bench): Kermit Quisenberry; JAR (opposite): Craig Lowry; 4th: Armando Villarreal MLS Career: 31 games; FC/gm: 25.1; Y/gm: 3.1; R: 9; pens: 10
SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: HOU: Jermaine Taylor … NY: Armando, Lloyd Sam, Jamison Olave SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: HOU: Will Bruin … NY: Thierry Henry, Lloyd Sam
DISABLED LIST: HOU: Mark Sherrod
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: NY: Roy Miller (CRC)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (19 meetings): Dynamo 3 wins, 17 goals … Red Bulls 9 wins, 30 goals … Ties 7
AT HOUSTON (9 meetings): Dynamo 3 wins, 13 goals … Red Bulls 2 wins, 12 goals … Ties 4
FUTURE MATCH: 10/4: New York Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo, 6 p.m. ET

  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Bradley Wright-Phillips netted a hat trick to lead the Red Bulls to a 4-0 win April 23 at Red Bull Arena, the first English player in the history of Major League Soccer to hit for a triple.
  • The Red Bulls have won the last five league contests between the teams, outscoring the Dynamo 15-1. The Red Bulls have won on their last two visits to Houston in league play; before last season, the Dynamo were meeting 4-0-3 all-time at home vs. New York. The Red Bulls are 7-0-3 all-time at home vs. Houston.
  • The Red Bulls’ 4-1 win at BBVA Compass Stadium last Sept. 8 was the most goals the Dynamo had allowed in a home game (matched earlier this season in a 4-1 loss to FC Dallas).
  • The Dynamo did win the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series between the clubs last year, winning 2-1 at Red Bull Arena in the second leg, after the teams played to a 2-2 draw in Houston. It is the Dynamo’s only win ever in Harrison in all competitions.
  • Coaches record: Mike Petke vs. HOU: P4 W4 L0 D0 … Dominic Kinnear vs. NY: P24 W6 L10 D8

LAST MEETING (MLS)
4/23: NY 4, HOU 0 (Wright-Phillips 12, 24, 86; Henry 65)

  • The Red Bulls were in front just 12 minutes into the match. Kosuke Kimura found a free-roaming Thierry Henry down the right flank, and he then sent in a low cross that Bradley Wright-Phillips directed home from the center of the six-yard box.
  • Another good sequence 12 minutes later put the Red Bulls two in front. Roy Miller won a 50-50 ball from a Henry pass down the left flank before picking out Wright-Phillips at the near post for a one-touch finish.
  • It was 3-0 for the Red Bulls in the 65th minute when Henry scored with ease, driving the ball into an unguarded net from the heart of the area after Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall pushed a cross into his path.
  • The rout was completed in the 85th minute when Wright-Phillips converted a penalty kick to complete his hat-trick, after Henry was bowled over in the penalty area by Dynamo winger Tony Cascio.
  • NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-3-1-2): Luis Robles - Kosuke Kimura, Jamison Olave, Armando, Roy Miller - Lloyd Sam (Ruben Bover 83), Dax McCarty, Eric Alexander - Peguy Luyindula (Jonny Steele 69) - Thierry Henry, Bradley Wright-Phillips (Connor Lade 92+).
  • HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-3-1-2): Tally Hall - Warren Creavalle (Servando Carrasco 73), David Horst, Jermaine Taylor, Corey Ashe - Tony Cascio, Ricardo Clark (A.J. Cochran 63), Andrew Driver - Boniek Garcia – Giles Barnes, Will Bruin (Omar Cummings 80).

HOUSTON DYNAMO
The Houston Dynamo suffered their fifth consecutive shutout defeat, this time falling 3-0 to the Montréal Impact on Sunday evening at Stade Saputo. The Dynamo are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 17 points from 17 games.

LAST MATCH

  • The opener came in the 42nd minute. Pushing forward down the left, fullback Eric Miller curled a perfect cross to Jack McInerney, who had ghosted in unmarked in the box, and his header easily found the back of the net.
  • McInerney added a splendid second goal in the 75th minute. Justin Mapp crossed the ball from the right flank in the general direction of McInerney, who – with his back to goal – swung his foot at the ball and sent a looping ball over Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall into the opposite top corner.
  • Marco Di Vaio added the Impact's third goal four minutes later, tapping in from inside the six-yard box after Hall could only parry Andres Romero’s close-range attempt into the striker’s path.
  • Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear made four changes to the team that fell 2-0 to Sporting Kansas City at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tally Hall came back in between the posts in place of Tyler Deric, Corey Ashe returned to the back four for David Horst, and Boniek Garcia and Warren Creavalle came back into the midfield in place of Alexander Lopez and Servando Carrasco.
  • HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-3-1-2): Tally Hall - Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine Taylor (Eric Brunner 46), A.J. Cochran, Corey Ashe - Boniek Garcia, Warren Creavalle (Ricardo Clark 74), Andrew Driver - Giles Barnes - Will Bruin, Omar Cummings (Brian Ownby 59).

TEAM NEWS

  • The Houston Dynamo suffered their fifth consecutive shutout defeat – all by multiple goals – in the loss at Montréal.
  • “It’s just football in general. If you defend well and finish you end up with results,” said defender Kofi Sarkodie. “We just unfortunately lost some guys in the box and they were able to finish. We’ve got to be more organized defensively and be better in the box and finish.”
  • Outscored 13-0 in league games since May 21, the Dynamo have now gone 479 minutes since scoring in MLS, a Houston club record and the seventh-longest goalless streak in league history.
  • “It’s the way things are going,” Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear said. “Win a game. Gives you confidence.”
  • Added goalkeeper Tally Hall: “It’s another frustrating game for us. … There’s no easy answers is the simple thing to say and we need to do better. I will say that trainings have been some of the sharpest we’ve had this year. I think our intensity and passion’s there. We believe in ourselves, it’s not coming to fruition but that doesn’t mean it won’t.”
  • Boniek García returned from playing with Honduras in the FIFA World Cup and came into a wide midfield role, playing the full 90 minutes.
  • Ricardo Clark made his first appearance since April 23 – when he suffered a concussion in the first meeting with New York – coming off the substitutes’ bench for the final 16 minutes.
  • Corey Ashe also returned after missing one league match through injury, returning to play left back. Eric Brunner made his second appearance of the season, coming off the substitutes’ bench at halftime.
  • “It’s good to get those guys back,” Sarkodie said. “Brad [Davis] will be back in time and hopefully we can get everything going and get everything back on all fronts.”
  • Said Kinnear: “It’s not only the game and the availability of players but also the preparation that makes practice better. We’ve said it all along, it’s not going to be an overnight fix to have these guys, they’ve still got to work their way in, but to see their presence on the [training] field is a positive.”

NEW YORK RED BULLS
The New York Red Bulls made it three games without loss, getting a late equalizer for a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC on Friday evening at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls are in a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 19 points from 16 matches on the season.

LAST MATCH

  • The Red Bulls opened the scoring in the 36th minute. Fullback Ambroise Oyongo juked a defender on the left flank and floated in a cross to the back post where it was by a header from Peguy Luyindula to finish from six yards out past a diving Joe Bendik.
  • But TFC pulled ahead in the second half. In the 55th minute, Dominic Oduro drove a cross low to the near post where Jermain Defoe scored the equalizer with a beautiful one-touch finish past Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles.
  • Then in the 72nd minute, from a free kick some 20 yards out from goal, Gilberto lashed home a drive over the wall for his first MLS goal – though he did need to win an argument with Defoe over who would take it.
  • Yet, the Red Bulls found some late magic. A long ball into the TFC penalty area was headed on by Tim Cahill, where Bradley Wright-Phillips was able to knock it home from point-blank range for the stoppage-time equalizer.
  • Red Bulls boss Mike Petke made three changes to the team that took a 2-0 win against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. Jamison Olave and Ambroise Oyongo came into the back four for Armando and Kosuke Kimura, and Thierry Henry came back into the side for Bobby Convey.
  • NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-4-2): Luis Robles - Chris Duvall, Jamison Olave, Matt Miazga, Ambroise Oyongo (Bobby Convey 86) - Lloyd Sam, Ibrahim Sekagya (Jonny Steele 66), Peguy Luyindula (Tim Cahill 78), Eric Alexander - Bradley Wright-Phillips, Thierry Henry.

TEAM NEWS

  • Bradley Wright-Phillips regained the lead in the MLS Golden Boot race with his 12th goal of the season with the stoppage-time equalizer. Wright-Phillips has scored 11 goals in the last nine league games, starting with the hat trick netted April 23 in the first meeting with Houston.
  • “They walked out of here with a point tonight, I feel like us being the home team that we lost two points. Not necessarily in the way we played tonight, but just being the home team you feel like you lose two points. But good finish to the game, we rescued a point,” said Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke.
  • Shortly after arriving back with the Red Bulls following his participation with Australia in the FIFA World Cup, Tim Cahill came off the substitutes’ bench for the final 12 minutes – and assisted on the game-tying goal.
  • “I was hoping to bring Tim on in the 88th minute, up 3-0 so the fans could clap him for the wonderful World Cup he had,” said Petke. “Obviously things change with the score, with the way the game went and we felt to bring Tim on for 15-20 minutes perhaps something could happen and obviously it did at the end.”
  • Said Cahill: “I spoke with the boss [on Thursday], the boss said ‘Would I be available?’ And I said, ‘yeah, I’ll be available.’ Straight away he knew it was never going to be to start, but I said… if you need me to play half-an-hour, I’ll be ready.”
  • Ambroise Oyongo made his MLS debut, starting at left back and playing 86 minutes. Red Bulls Academy product Matt Miazga made his second consecutive league start in central defense, and rookie Chris Duvall made his fourth consecutive league start at right back.
  • “Oyongo has been great in training. You guys obviously don’t see him a lot. But great energy as you saw. He always wants to go forward. He defends well. He needs to work on his positioning and other stuff but he’s still young but definitely fresh,” said Thierry Henry. “Matt Miazga and him and some of the guys that played before, whenever they have to play, they do it well and they did well.”
  • Both Oyongo and Miazga were also credited with their first league assists, Oyongo contributing to the opening goal and Miazga on the late equalizer.
  • “I think giving Chris (Duvall) that opportunity and seeing how he took it gave me the courage to give Matt (Miazga) the opportunity and he took it well, and gave me the courage to give Ambroise Oyongo the opportunity,” said Petke. “This is a league that we play plenty of teams that are young and enthusiastic and have energy. … Right now Duvall, Miazga and Oyongo have deserved to get their opportunity and they got it.”
  • Peguy Luyindula started a second consecutive game in a central midfield role and scored a goal for a second consecutive match, after going more than two months between league tallies.
  • There was some injury news out of Brazil where fullback Roy Miller was ruled out of the remainder of the FIFA World Cup after suffering an injury in the final group match vs. England.