Dynamo at Fire (6pm cst Galavision, Sports Talk 790 Am radio)
Dynamo 2-1 Chicago 1-1-1
Referee: Geoff Gamble (keep an eye on this as this is only his 9th MLS game in charge)
Setup: Dynamo 4-4-2, Fire 4-1-1
Dynamo changes in midfield
Luis Camargo influence in midfield
Can Dynamo service strikers?
Controlling danger men Nyarko, Oduro, Pappa
German International Arne Friedrich debuts for Fire
Does Sean Johnson start in goal for Chicago?
The Dynamo are on the road for their fourth consecutive game but you have to think they are dying to get their “game on” and eager to get back on the field.
Both teams are coming off of breaks with the Dynamo last outing at Seattle two weeks ago while the Fire got beat at Colorado 2-0.
It will be interesting to see which team is able to get into a rhythm quicker in this game, to be prepared from the start.
Both the Dynamo and Chicago have not been goal scoring machines.
Injuries: Chicago Fire- Cory Gibbs meniscus , Brad Davis calf strain
Projected lineups: DYNAMO – Hall, Taylor, Boswell, Cameron, Hainault, Sturgis, Camargo, Watson, Ashe, Ching, Bruin
FIRE- Johnson, Gargan, Annibaba, Friedrich, Segares, Pardo, Pause, Pappa, Robayo, Grazzini, Oduro
The Dynamo have done it on collective defending and strong goalkeeping so far this year from Tally Hall.
Both goals have come off set pieces so the squad looks to be more dangerous during the run of play. Still the Dynamo are positioned nicely with 6 pts in three games with Columbus up next weekend who looked less than impressive in a loss at Philadelphia yesterday.
Both teams will make changes. Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear will likely go the experienced route by moving Cory Ashe into midfield and bringing Jamaican captain Jermaine Taylor in at right back. Taylor played there against San Jose.
Nathan Sturgis will partner in central midfield with Luiz Camargo with JeVaughan Watson adding strength and running power out wide on the right to offset suspension to Adam Moffat and Colin Clark and injury to Brad Davis.
How this midfield performs as a unit is essential as when the ball turns over in transition the Dynamo will need to be “tuned in” to not allow the early ball with Oduro a deep threat up front. Getting quick pressure on the ball when it is lost is essential and this will take a very concentrated effort as the Fire have players that are good passers of the ball in midfield with Pappa, Pardo etc.
For the Dynamo can Camargo be the focal point for periods on the ball, help them get road possession and provide some creative moments that lead to chances?
The Dynamo are still seeking out being more dangerous and creating more chances during the run of the play and give their strikers Will Bruin and Brian Ching supply.
This game will likely be determined to a large extent in midfield seeing as that is where the Chicago strength lies but the Dynamo will miss the grit and edge that Moffat brings.
Chicago changes will come at the back and it is intriguing with Arne Friedrich a German national team center-back that started at the last World Cup getting his first start and admitting he is not yet fully fit. Still, it will be interesting to see how he meshes with 2nd yr Janil Annibaba at the back.
It is timely in that Cory Gibbs is out injured, will Dan Gargan get back in the lineup so that Chicago coach Frank Klopas can move Logan Pause back into midfield?
Set pieces: The Dynamo are dangerous as we know in this area but will not have the delivery of Brad Davis today. Luis Camargo, Nathan Sturgis must provide good delivery in the absence of the veteran.
This will be interesting today and will be a time of opportunity for many. Squads morph and change throughout the season and a team’s first eleven looks different.
Tonight is a night the Dynamo learn alot about their squad at Toyota Park where they have had success in the past.
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