Dynamo-Red Bulls Preview
The injury-plagued New York Red Bulls are getting two players
back while the Houston Dynamo are welcoming back one of their
The Red Bulls should have Rafa Marquez and Roy Miller in their
lineup Wednesday night when they try to continue their home mastery
of a well-rested Dynamo team that should be boosted by the return
of Colin Clark.
Marquez is eligible to return from a three-match ban and Miller
is healthy after missing that same span with a knee injury. New
York (5-3-1) is without star forward Thierry Henry, midfielder
Teemu Tainio and defenders Wilman Conde and Stephen Keel due to
Henry, out with a strained right hamstring, remains second in
MLS with nine goals.
The Red Bulls conceded 14 goals through seven matches before
rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara led them to 1-0 victories in the last
two. Their first game without Henry was successful as they employed
a defensive approach Saturday at Los Angeles.
“I think we can survive three, four games like this,” coach Hans
Backe said. “We just have to focus on the defending game.”
Clark is eligible to come back for Houston (2-2-2) after serving
his three-game ban for directing a gay slur toward a ball boy
during a 2-0 loss at Seattle on March 23. The midfielder, who
started the first three matches, also was ordered to attend
diversity and sensitivity training.
The Dynamo have played only three matches since that contest and
last took the field in a 3-2 road defeat to D.C. United on April
28. That means Clark has been out of game action for 48 days.
“It’s gone now, but it’s been tough to take,” Clark told the
Dynamo’s official website. “Three games is a pretty good
suspension, and any suspension, you want to get done as soon as
possible, but this one took a while. Now it’s over and I can focus
on New York.”
Focusing on New York could be a challenge since a rematch with
D.C. looms Saturday in Houston’s first home game at the new BBVA
Compass Stadium. Wednesday’s contest ends a season-opening stretch
of seven road games.
“Sometimes you have a tendency to look past the game because
it’s the home opener but then we get a reality check and realize
that we have to get three points there,” forward Will Bruin said.
“It would be a lot of momentum if we could go to New York and get a
win for the home opener.”
Houston is 0-3-4 all-time at New York, which is on a 3-0-6 run
in the series overall.
Bruin has scored four of Houston’s seven goals. Defense has been
a bigger issue during the Dynamo’s 0-2-2 stretch as they have
conceded eight goals.
Backe, meanwhile, has indicated that he may make lineup changes
in addition to the returns of Marquez and Miller. The Red Bulls are
playing the middle game of three in nine days, with a trip to
Philadelphia set for Sunday.
“(LA) was a tough, tough game for them,” Backe told the Red
Bulls’ official website. “They run a lot, they’ve done it in two
games now. The flight to LA is also a killer.”