Score a couple of goals, make Team of the Week. That's the formula for Giles Barnes in Week 25, as MLSsoccer.com named him to their weekly best XI. Here's what they had to say about him:
"Clint Dempsey may be making the headlines, but Barnes stole the show as Houston topped visiting Seattle, 3-1. The English forward netted two well-struck goals, including a highlight-reel second goal."
That goal has the Dynamo forward up for Goal of the Week as well, which you can vote for here. Barnes is also up for Feature Subject of the Week (I made this award up) thanks to Tom Dart's story for The Guardian chronicling the Englishman's career (read here).
The Houston Dynamo hold high hopes as they open their 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League campaign in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday evening with a Group 1 match against W Connection.
TV: FOX Sports 1 (Channel listings)
Dynamo: Hall, Sarkodie, Brunner, Taylor, Chabala; Driver, Creavalle, López, Johnson; Ching (C), Weaver
Subs: Marscheider, Moffat, Dixon, Arena, Ownby, Barnes, Boswell
W Connection: Figueroa, Ananias, Frederick, Jones, Viveros, Williams, Arcia, Benjamin, Santos, Williams, Delia
Subs: Archibald, Russell, Spann, Pacheco, Williams, Lozano, Britto
You've seen his work here on HoustonDynamo.com, but you'll want to read this great piece by Tom Dart on fellow Brit Giles Barnes for The Guardian.
Once tabbed to be the next big thing in English football, Barnes has revived his career here in Houston. Read about Barnes' early career, his decision to come to the U.S. and his impressions of MLS.
Tune in to ESPN 97.5 FM tonight for a new episode of Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis! Listen in on ESPN 97.5 while you watch tonight's Dynamo match vs. W Connection. Glenn will talk everything soccer, including interviews with Dynamo players.
Tonight's episode airs from 7-9 p.m. and can be heard on the radio on 97.5 FM or online at www.espn975.com.
The call-in number for the show is 713-780-3776.
Go behind the scenes with Dynamo TV at BBVA Compass Stadium as the Houston Dynamo play the Seattle Sounders in Clint Dempsey's return to the Lone Star State.
The Dynamo have arrived in Trinidad & Tobago ahead of their CONCACAF Champions League match against W Connection on Tuesday night (7 p.m. CT; Fox Sports 1). Check out the travel roster for the Caribbean trip, and let us know what you think the starting XI wil be Tuesday night!
Goalkeepers: Tally Hall, Erich Marscheider
Defenders: Anthony Arena, Bobby Boswell, Eric Brunner, Mike Chabala, Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine Taylor
Midfielders: Warren Creavalle, Alex Dixon, Andrew Driver, Boniek García, Alexander López, Adam Moffat, Brian Ownby
Forwards: Giles Barnes, Brian Ching, Jason Johnson, Cam Weaver