HOUSTON (6-2-3) vs. CHIVAS USA (8-2-3), 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPNDeportes
Both teams are shorthanded by national team call-ups and injuries but by far the worse off is Chivas USA, which also has right back Mariano Trujillo suspended. With Dynamo forward Brian Ching sidelined with a strained hamstring, the attack will flow through midfielder Stuart Holden and Kei Kamara, who scored twice when the teams last met at Robertson Stadium in a 4-0 Houston win Aug. 20.
Kamara set up Holden to score the only goal in Houston's 1-0 win in Chicago last Friday. Chivas USA beat Seattle last weekend by the same score on a goal by Eduardo Lilingston, who leads the team with five.
Prediction: Dynamo 2, Chivas USA 0.
RIDGE MAHONEY'S 2009 PREDICTION RECORD
Last week: 5-3; Spot-ons: 3*. Season: 42-50.
*RSL-Colorado 1-1, Dallas-San Jose 2-2, Chivas USA-Seattle 1-0.