D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo

Greetings from Houston, home of the Dynamo — and weaponry. El Capitan is on the sideline, awaiting the ceremonial pregame firing by former defender Craig Waibel. A military flyover is planned. A gun show is open a few blocks away at the convention center.

It’s an appropriate theme for a D.C. United side that has been successfully battling through adversity to advance to MLS’s Eastern Conference finals.

TV coverage starts at 4 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Kickoff is at 4:21 with Arlo White and Kyle Martino handling commentary.

The second match in this series is next Sunday afternoon at RFK Stadium.

Today’s Western first leg: Seattle Sounders at Los Angeles Galaxy, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN).

United vs. Dynamo in the regular season:

April 28 at RFK: United 3 (Santos, De Rosario, Santos), Dynamo 2 (Bruin, Bruin).

May 12 at BBVA: Dynamo 1 (Davis), United 0.

July 15 at BBVA: Dynamo 4 (Davis, Bruin, Garcia, Ching), United 0.

With a yellow card today, these players would miss the second leg:

Houston: Ashe, Davis, Garcia, Hall, Sarkodie.

DCU: Pajoy.

In the latest installment on the MLS gastronomical road tour, the fish tacos and Pacifico hit the spot at Guadalajara del Centro near Insider base camp.

DCU: Willis; Russell, Jakovic, McDonald, Korb; DeLeon, Kitchen, Saragosa, Boskovic, Pontius; Pajoy. Subs: Dykstra, Dudar, Woolard, Neal, Augusto, Salihi, Santos.

HOU: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Hainault, Ashe; Garcia, Moffat, Camargo, Davis; Bruin, Kandji. Subs: Deric, Barnes, Creavalle, Sturgis, Watson, Ching, Weaver.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame observations are welcome in our comments section.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.



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Steven Goff · November 11, 2012