Western Conference leader Chivas USA will take a break from league play starting June 20 for the SuperLiga, but first has a tough road date Wednesday in
Houston and another in Columbus Sunday, and thus needs points. The second-place Dynamo is riding an eight-game unbeaten streak and with two games in hand can close to within three points of the
conference lead by winning. WEDNESDAY
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
*RSL-Colorado 1-1, Dallas-San Jose 2-2, Chivas USA-Seattle 1-0.