ISN – (June 6, 2014) – Sporting Kansas City visits the Houston Dynamo on Friday looking to
extend last season’s unbeaten record at BBVA Compass Stadum to four consecutive
matches in MLS competition. Friday’s match is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT
and will be televised locally on KMCI’s 38 The Spot and on SKCTV across the midwest.
Fans can also listen to the match on Sports Radio 810 WHB or La Gran D 1340 AM.
The club’s official watch parties will be held at Johnny’s Tavern locations in the
Kansas City Power & Light District (1310 Grand Boulevard) and Prairie Village (8262
Sporting Kansas City played seven matches in a span of 28 days during the month of
May. After starting the stretch with back-to-back victories against the Columbus
Crew and the Montreal Impact, Sporting KC is winless in the club’s last five
outtings, most recently suffering a 1-0 road loss at RFK Stadium against D.C.
The Dynamo (5-8-2) sit in fourth place of the Eastern Conference, two points behind
Sporting Kansas City (5-5-4, 3rd place). Houston dropped the team’s last three
matches by a combined scoreline of 8-0. The Dynamo’s last positive result was a 1-0
victory over the LA Galaxy on May 17.
Sporting Kansas City has not lost to Houston during the regular season since July of
2012, the visitors’ first match at BBVA Compass Stadium after its opening earlier
that year. In 2013, Sporting KC defeated Houston 2-1 on May 12 at BBVA Compass
Stadium to hand the Dynamo their first loss at their new facility exactly one year
after its opening. The Sporting KC victory snapped a 36-game home unbeaten streak
for Houston dating back to 2011.
The Eastern Conference opponents have met in each of the last three postseasons. The
Dynamo knocked Sporting KC out of the playoffs in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, Sporting
KC came from behind to defeate Houston 2-1 on aggregate in the Eastern Conference
Championship en route to the club’s first MLS Cup title since 2000.
Sporting KC’s Lawrence Olum has returned from international duty and will be
available for selection, however defender Matt Besler and winger Graham Zusi
continue to prepare for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with the United States Men’s
National Team. Houston’s Brad Davis is also with the U.S. MNT and will be
unavailable on Friday along with Honduran international Boniek Garcia.