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Will La Naranja stay undefeated at Toyota Park?
Saturday, 24 April 2010
06.05.09 Houston Dynamo @ Chicago Fire

After a convincing victory against Chivas USA last week, La Naranja look to prove that the performance was not a fluke as they head to Chicago in search of three points against the Fire.

As Houston’s second road game so far this season, they’ll search for their first road win after drawing Dallas 1-1 on opening day. In four previous meetings against the Fire at Toyota Park, the Dynamo have managed three wins and one draw – Dynamo fans will like their chances heading into the game.

The Fire
Chicago has only managed 4 points to start the season and has had spells of poor play at home. Yet new coach Carlos de los Cobos and his team still pose a very real threat.

The Fire comes into this season without their Mexican National Team DP, but can still rely on USMNT legend Brian McBride. At 37, McBride continues to play a pivotal role in the Fire attack having already picked up 2 goals and an assist this season

06.05.09 Houston Dynamo @ Chicago Fire

New addition, and McBride’s former teammate at Fulham, Collins John and Patrick Nyarko, a former first round pick, round out a formidable forward line. In addition, the continued progress of young Guatemalan Marco Pappa adds a potent attacking option from the midfield, meaning Chicago has a number of offensive options that can cause problems to the Dynamo defense.

The Dynamo will look to build on the momentum created by last week’s win. Luis Angel Landin returns from suspension assuring Coach Kinnear of at least two recognizable forwards to choose from. While many would subscribe to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” theory, I would expect to see Landin to return to the starting lineup as Ching and Weaver continue their recovery from injuries.

Chicago should prove a much sterner test than Chivas did, but if Houston’s midfield can continue to improve their play, the Men in Orange should have every opportunity to take points on the road this weekend.

Explaining predictions
Before getting into this week’s prediction, I feel I should clarify a few things. Even though I managed to guess the exact score of the first two Dynamo games, it still counts as a win if I guess the result without getting the exact score right. In other words, don’t punish me for being awesome the first two weeks. That’s not fair. With that said, I’m officially counting up 3 wins out of 4 thus far. If any of the 12 people reading this article has a problem with that you know where to reach me.

This Week:
Fire 1, Dynamo 0 (I hope I’m wrong, but I can’t predict all wins can I?)

Season Prediction record: 3-1