Sporting Kansas City-Dynamo Preview
The status of Geoff Cameron is in limbo, but the Houston Dynamo
have refused to let it become a distraction.
That focus will be especially important with Eastern
Conference-leading Sporting Kansas City visiting Wednesday
Houston looks to extend its home unbeaten streak to 18 games
overall and to seven versus Kansas City, which plays at the new
BBVA Compass Stadium for the first time.
Stoke City of the English Premier League presented a sizable
offer to MLS for the services of Cameron, who – along with Dynamo
president Chris Canetti and coach Dominic Kinnear – supports the
move to Europe.
The league, which is believed to be asking upwards of $3 million
from Stoke City, handles transfer fees for all MLS players, leaving
Cameron and his club in an awkward situation as a deal is
Cameron played in Sunday’s 4-0 win over D.C. United after
missing the previous two games with a hamstring injury, and he’ll
likely be on the field Wednesday unless a last-minute deal is
“He was good (Sunday) and I think it’s been tough,” Kinnear told
the team’s official website. “You do feel sorry for him with what’s
going on. I thought he had a good game and, considering what’s
happening to him, I thought his mental toughness was good.”
Despite the potential distraction, Houston (7-5-7) improved to
2-0-2 in its last four with the help of goals from Brad Davis, Will
Bruin, Oscar Garcia and Brian Ching. The Dynamo are 12-0-5 in their
last 17 home games, including 5-0-3 in their first season at BBVA
They’ll look to extend that unbeaten streak against Kansas City
(11-5-3), which took sole possession of first place in the East
with a 2-0 win at Columbus on Saturday.
Sporting KC is 2-0-1 over its last three, which includes a
scoreless draw at home against Houston on July 7.
Jacob Peterson scored Saturday for the third time in his last
five league matches after netting three goals in his previous 92
MLS contests. Teal Bunbury also scored and Kei Kamara had two
Kansas City has won consecutive road matches in league play
after going 0-3-2 in its previous five.
“Whenever you play away from home the big thing you have to
realize is the pressure is on the other team to drive the game,”
coach Peter Vermes told the team’s official website. “You know
they’ve got to entertain their home fans.”
Sporting, though, is 0-3-3 in six trips to Houston since winning
its first visit there April 8, 2006.