The Eastern Conference play in game, named the Knockout round by MLS, is shaping up to be a pretty good game. It pits two differing styles against each other with the Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire taking the field.
Houston is coming into the game with a so-so October, where the tied at home to Montreal, beat a very bad Philadelphia team at home and lost on the road to a Colorado team just looking to get the season over with.Not only was there October bad but so was their September and August as they went 3-4-4 over that span.
Houston finished the year with the following team stats:
However the Dynamo went 0-1-2 against the Chicago Fire in their three meetings this season. The clubs drew 1-1 on April 15 at Chicago and 0-0 on July 3 in Houston. The Fire defeated the Dynamo, 3-1, on Sept. 2 at Toyota Park.
Chicago limped into the playoffs as Chicago biggest problem all year has been their inconsistent play. In October they lost 3-1 at home to Philly, beat New York on the road 2-0, lost on the road to New England, and tied DC united 1-1 at home. Not exactly the results you want when your playoff hopes are on the line.
Chicago's stats are as follows:
Of course Chicago won the season series with 2 wins against Houston but this could all change as Chicago has only 9 players with Playoff experience.
Andy, our crack statistician, has Houston as the winner but only 50.04% of the time. I am going to say Houston wins because they have been historically a good playoff team and play well
at home. Well I got that wrong, Houston is on the road not Chicago.