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Sporting Kansas City-Dynamo Preview
By JEFF BARTL
(AP) -- The status of Geoff Cameron is in limbo, but the Houston Dynamo have refused to let it become a distraction.
That focus will be especially important with Eastern Conference-leading Sporting Kansas City visiting Wednesday night.
Houston looks to extend its home unbeaten streak to 18 games overall and to seven versus Kansas City, which plays at the new BBVA Compass Stadium for the first time.
Stoke City of the English Premier League presented a sizable offer to MLS for the services of Cameron, who - along with Dynamo president Chris Canetti and coach Dominic Kinnear - supports the move to Europe.
The league, which is believed to be asking upwards of $3 million from Stoke City, handles transfer fees for all MLS players, leaving Cameron and his club in an awkward situation as a deal is negotiated.
Cameron played in Sunday's 4-0 win over D.C. United after missing the previous two games with a hamstring injury, and he'll likely be on the field Wednesday unless a last-minute deal is struck.
"He was good (Sunday) and I think it's been tough," Kinnear told the team's official website. "You do feel sorry for him with what's going on. I thought he had a good game and, considering what's happening to him, I thought his mental toughness was good."
Despite the potential distraction, Houston (7-5-7) improved to 2-0-2 in its last four with the help of goals from Brad Davis, Will Bruin, Oscar Garcia and Brian Ching. The Dynamo are 12-0-5 in their last 17 home games, including 5-0-3 in their first season at BBVA Compass Stadium.
They'll look to extend that unbeaten streak against Kansas City (11-5-3), which took sole possession of first place in the East with a 2-0 win at Columbus on Saturday.
Sporting KC is 2-0-1 over its last three, which includes a scoreless draw at home against Houston on July 7.
Jacob Peterson scored Saturday for the third time in his last five league matches after netting three goals in his previous 92 MLS contests. Teal Bunbury also scored and Kei Kamara had two assists.
Kansas City has won consecutive road matches in league play after going 0-3-2 in its previous five.
"Whenever you play away from home the big thing you have to realize is the pressure is on the other team to drive the game," coach Peter Vermes told the team's official website. "You know they've got to entertain their home fans."
Sporting, though, is 0-3-3 in six trips to Houston since winning its first visit there April 8, 2006.
Updated July 17, 2012