It wasn't surprising that the home team prevailed when the New York Red Bulls and Houston Dynamo met one week ago in Texas.
The Red Bulls now hope to gain a measure of revenge Friday night and end the five-game win streak of the Dynamo, who have never won a road game in this series.
These are the league's only unbeaten home teams, with both at 7-0-3 entering last Friday's matchup in Houston. The Dynamo (11-5-7) won 2-0 to move atop the Eastern Conference and spoil Tim Cahill's MLS debut for the Red Bulls.
Houston and Sporting Kansas City both have 40 points in the East, with the Dynamo holding the better goal differential. New York (11-7-5) is third with 38.
"We are happy we are sitting in first place in the conference and now teams will be after us, which happens when you win games," coach Dominic Kinnear told the Dynamo's official website. "They will be ready and it's up to us to try and keep our place in the top of the standings."
Houston finished with a 16-5 edge in shots, ...