Games of importance flow like a good bottle of wine at these times of the year in MLS based on their playoff structure. This is especially noteworthy in the Eastern Conference where the Dynamo are currently in 5th and final playoff spot.
Tonight is not a wash, the Montreal Impact are mathematically still alive but could be eliminated by the Dynamo.
The Impact as of late are still very competitive under manager Jesse Marsch and are coming off a draw against Sporting KC.
The Dynamo meanwhile come off a 2-0 win over NE and will look to platform the momentum of a great second half into a run here late season.
Keep an eye on:
What will the tactics of both coaches be today at BBVA. Remember the Dynamo were beaten soundly in midfield in Montreal earlier in the year in a 4-4-2 which prompted the change to a 4-3-3.
It is likely they could revert back to that system also based on the fact that Brad Davis is out injured with a calf problem.
Montreal could play with a lone striker in Italian and Bologna great Marco DiVaio which would turn him into a possession player. DiVaio wants the ball to his feet and not in the air against the aerial strength and comfort of the Dynamo backs.
Huge loss for the Impact is Felipe who has been scratched due to a groin injury.
With Brad Davis out we could see a three set in central midfield of Boniek Garcia, Adam Moffat and Ricardo Clark.
Patrice Bernier could be occupied with these players and the Impact are missing Colleen Warner who partnered him there against Sporting KC.
A real key will be the performance of wide players Mac Kandji and Calen Carr.
The support they get from Cory Ashe and Kofi Sarkodie will be important.
Nederland’s Davey Arnaud who spent much of his career at Kansas City will start in midfield for the Impact while Mayde Creek’s Josh Gardner is also with the squad. Gardner started earlier in the year but has played sparingly as of late.
BUTTS IN SEATS
Pass your tickets on to others if you can’t make it tonight!
Lets get some late season support out at BBVA Compass Stadium.
HAMM IN AUSTIN
Last night while calling a game on the Longhorn Network Mia Hamm, Pat Summit famed Tennessee coach were both on hand to see Texas defeat Oklahoma State 1-0 on a goal from Hannah Higgins.
The legends of womens sports were in town to honor Texas basketball coach Jody Conradt who had a statue unveiled in her likeness at the Frank Erwin Center.
Chivas and Club America play today at 5 cst while tomorrow at 12:30 it is Real Madrid and Barcelona.
December 14-16 is KICK CANCER Soccer Camps, for more info got to cccfund.org, we need you there!!!!