Carolina holds the series edge this season - defeating the Chaos 2-1 June 11 at Schoenbaum and 3-0 last Saturday in Greensboro, N.C. - but Ivanovic says his team is confident it can win tonight.
"We were up against them 1-0 [in the first game]," Ivanovic explained. "They managed to win 2-1 on our defensive mistakes - a hole in the defense and an own goal, [so] it's not that they're a better team than us."
Chaos attacker James Pucci, a rising junior at Davis & Elkins College, will look to play a major role if West Virginia can steal a final victory tonight. Pucci has either scored or assisted the last six Chaos goals dating back to June 9 and leads the South Atlantic Division in points (22) and goals (10).
"Pucci is the only real striker we have," said Ivanovic, "He is a great player and working really hard every game."
The Chaos will be expecting an unusually large crowd tonight, with about 150 Chaos youth club team players and 45 participants in this week's Chaos youth soccer camp expected to attend in addition to the regular fans. With the West Virginia Power still out of town, that number may be even higher.
Ivanovic hopes both the large crowd and playing at home will help the Chaos close the regular season by avenging the two losses to Carolina this year with the first win over the Dynamo in team history.
"It will be a good match for sure," said Ivanovic. "All the guys are excited and ready. Tonight is payback."