Real Salt Lake travels to Houston on Thursday September 6th 2012 to take on the Dynamo at the new BBVA Compass Stadium.  RSL goes into the match with a lowly record in the Lone Star state, having never won a game in Texas in the history of the club (0-17-3 in all competitions).

The match presents some interesting lineup questions for both sides, as each will be without 4 influential players due to national team call-ups and suspension.

Real will be without Captain Kyle Beckerman (USMNT), Will Johnson (Canada) and Alvaro Saborio (Costa Rica) who have all been called to duty by their respective national teams.

Defender Chris Wingert will also miss the match due to yellow card accumulation after picking up a yellow against DC United at home last Saturday. With Real’s current deficiency at the defender position, the absence of Chris Wingert will be the most difficult position to replace.

Read the details on the roster vacancies and possible solutions/starting 11 here:

Houston, like RSL (1-3-1 in last 5 MLS matches) has struggled to obtain consistent results this season but is beginning to find their stride with some recent roster changes.  In the month of August Houston’s record was 1-1-2 in MLS play and 1-0-1 in CONCACAF play.

The most influential recent addition to the Houston roster has been Boniek Garcia.  Garcia will not feature on Thursday as he is gone with the Honduran national selection and his attacking spark is likely to be missed.  However, there are plenty of other threatening players who remain in Houston such as Brad Davis, Will Bruin, Calen Carr, Corey Ashe, Mac Kandji, Adam Moffat, Bobby Boswell and Brian Ching.

Houston (42 points) is currently tied in 4th position in the Eastern Conference with Columbus, while RSL (46 points) currently sits in second place in the Western Conference and is tied for third place in the overall table with the New York Red Bulls.

In the above referenced article I predict a starting lineup for RSL of: GK Nick Rimando, DF Tony Beltran, DF Kwame Watson-Siriboe, DF Nat Borchers, DF Chris Schuler, MF Yordany Alvarez, MF Ned Grabavoy, MF Jonny Steele, MF Javier Morales, FW Justin Braun, FW Fabian Espindola.

RSL is in dire need of finding a way to get results on the road as they fight for playoff seeding in these last few weeks of the MLS season.  Given the considerable lineup changes for both clubs I believe each will have their challenges in being effective in the attack.  I predict a 0 – 0 draw for the match.

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