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Behind Enemy Lines: Scouting Houston Dynamo

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It's derby time. Let's take a look into our opponents from the dirty south.

Injury Report

This is a very simple injury report, as the Dynamo are very healthy.

PROBABLE: M Brad Davis (Knee)

Probable Lineup

New Dynamo coach Owen Coyle rolls with the 4-4-2, featuring the big top pairing of Giles Barnes and Will Bruin.

4-4-2: Deric; Beasley, Horst, Rodriguez, Sarkodie; Davis, Clark, Garrido, Lopez; Bruin, Barnes

Key Player

For the Dynamo, Will Bruin is quietly on one of the hottest runs in MLS right now, scoring seven goals in the last nine games, including two 2-goal performances against New York Red Bulls and Portland Timbers. Bruin possesses nice size with his 6' 2" frame and is only three goals away from tying his goal output of ten from last season. FC Dallas is going to need the physicality of Zach Loyd and Walker Zimmerman in order to make Bruin's like difficult and ensure that he doesn't get on the end of any dangerous Brad Davis crosses.

Key Matchup

Because of Bruin's impressive run of late, it's going to be mainly up to Walker Zimmerman to contain him. Of late, the FC Dallas back line has not been as impressive as it was earlier in the season and at the end of last year. That being said, Houston struggles to score on the road and if central defense can keep a clean sheet or allow just one goal, that might be the kind of spark the defense does to get back on track. That all really hinges on who starts in the middle, though.