The match between the LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo at The Home Depot Center tonight at 8:00pm PDT is going to be billed as a rematch of the 2012 MLS Cup. However, it might bear more resemblance to the 2011 MLS Cup, as Houston will be without Brad Davis who is serving a red card suspension.
LA have defeated Houston in their last six meeting at The Home Depot Center in all competitions. Houston's last win against the Galaxy in Carson came in 2007, a 3-1 victory. The Dynamo won in the only regular season meeting between the two sides last year, a 2-1 victory at BBVA Compass Stadium where the Dynamo are currently on a 30 match unbeaten streak.
With Brad Davis on red card suspension, the Dynamo are expected to start Andrew Driver in his place. He's on loan from Scottish club Hearts where he made 143 appearances and scored 18 goals. Hearts is the only club Driver has ever played for, but conflict with the new manager led him to request a transfer. When that didn't go through, he came to Houston on loan. Adam Moffat is also listed as questionable by the Dynamo.
For LA, Landon Donovan has been a full participant in training for most of the week making him probably to go tonight. Robbie Keane and Todd Dunivant were not full participants in training making their appearance much more unlikely. Carlo Cudicini could be a pre-match warm-up decision.
With Keane out and Jack McBean recovering from surgery to repair a fractured collarbone, it's likely we could see two young forwards paired up top. With the recent attention Gyasi Zardes has gotten from his MLS debut, that could be a combo of Zardes and Jose Villarreal or Charlie Rugg who showed well at Real Salt Lake.