They Dynamo have to feel decent about their chances heading to Kansas City. For the past two years they have ended Kansas City's season at Sporting Park. Two years ago it was in a one off series the Dynamo came into KC and left 2-0 winners. Last year after a 2-0 win in the first leg, the Dynamo came into KC, sat back and lost 1-0, which was enough to send them through over KC again. This year it looks like Houston could be down a couple of starters. Both Will Bruin and Ricardo Clark have missed practice since the first leg due to injuries. With Bruin out, the Dynamo offense takes a hit. Based on the way the Dynamo played after he went off, Ricardo Clark's absence may be felt the least. After Clark went off in the first leg, the Dynamo's switch to a 4-3-3 caused KC plenty of problems over the rest of the game.
Sporting KC will be looking to win their first series against the Dynamo in their fourth attempt. KC has lost series against the Dynamo in 2007, 2011, and 2012. The first leg saw Sporting put out a line up extremely similar to the one that they put out in the first leg against the Revolution that KC lost 2-1. If Peter Vermes follows a similar plan, I'd expect KC to make some changes, specifically in the front line. Like against New England, I expect Teal Bunbury to make way for Dom Dwyer to come in. With the change in the lineup, also expect a bit of a change in philosophy, KC will likely bring out a little more attacking wise
Myers - Collin - Besler - Sinovic
Rosell - Nagamura
Sapong - Dwyer - Zusi
Number to Remember - 14 - This is the fourteenth time in the last 3 years that Sporting KC and Houston have met up in all competitions. KC's played no one else even near that many times in the time frame.
Key Match Up - Dom Dwyer vs Bobby Boswell - With Dwyer likely to be inserted into the lineup for Bunbury, a lot of the offense is going to fall on Dwyer. Up against the Dynamo back line, Dwyer is going to need to step up his game as he only has three goals. KC will need Dwyer to step up tomorrow.
PREDICTION - These two teams don't exactly play pretty soccer when they meet up. The games tend to be quite physical and tight. Tomorrow I'd expect no different from the two teams. In fact I'd be quite surprised if it wasn't. This game is going to be decided by a single goal. If KC can grab an early lead though the game could open up more as Houston has to chase the game. The opposite happens, Houston scores early, and this game will drag as Houston sit back.
I'm still not sure which way the game will go, but whichever way it goes I expect it to be just by a 1-0 scoreline.