With “rivalry week” in the books and after the 3-2 loss to FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo are still among the top ten teams in the league according to most power rankings.
The writers from MLSsoccer dropped Houston down to No. 5, after having them No. 2 last week. This is what they had to say about the Dynamo.
Dominic Kinnear publicly targeted diving after the Texas Derby, but privately he'll be ruing his side's set-piece defending and poor marking on the winner. It hasn't been an easy week, CCL exit included, but Houston still have the makings of a title contender. Need to figure out what's dogging Will Bruin.
Sports Ilustrated's writer Avi Creditor had Houston sitting in the top spot last week, but dropped them down to No. 4 following the loss to Dallas. Here is what Creditor had to say about Houston:
Houston got beaten at its own game, conceding two rapid-succession goals off set pieces to fall behind early at FC Dallas. The club equalized but conceded a late winner, compounding the frustration of being eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League by Santos Laguna.
Meanwhile, Yahoo Sport’s Zac Wassink was a little harsher dropping Houston down to the No. 10 spot. Houston’s next rival, the Vancouver Whitecaps, sits in the No. 2 spot of his power rankings with a 2-0-0 record. Here what Wassink had to say about Vancouver.
Vancouver had the week off to prepare for a trip to Houston. The 'Caps definitely have the goods to pick up what would be a historic win at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Houston will host Vancouver at BBVA Compass Stadium, Saturday March 23 at 7:30 p.m. (BUY TICKETS)
The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup groups and schedule were announced on Wednesday, with Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium set to host Group B matches. This will be the fifth consecutive Gold Cup with matches being played in Houston.
Group B consists of Honduras, El Salvador, Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti. Honduras is currently in the final round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
"Houston has become a top soccer city over the years, and BBVA Compass Stadium has emerged as an elite facility," said Dynamo president Chris Canetti. "Hosting a marquee event like Gold Cup is exciting and indicative of the respect organizers have for our city, stadium and organization."
Both Honduras and El Salvador participated in the 2011 tournament. El Salvador lost in the quarterfinals to Panama on penalty kicks (5-3), while Honduras lost to Mexico 2-0 in the semifinals, a game that was played at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. Haiti’s last CONCACAF Gold Cup appearance was in 2009 when it lost 4-0 to Mexico in the quarterfinals, whereas Trinidad & Tobago’s last appearance was in 2007, when it failed to advance out of the group stage.
The Honduran national team could have some familiar faces from Major League Soccer in their squad. Houston’s Boniek García, Víctor Bernárdez and Marvin Chávez (San Jose), Mario Martínez (Seattle), Jerry Bengtson (New England), Hendry Thomas (Colorado), and Johnny Leverón (Montreal) all feature regularly for Los Catrachos.
The Honduran and Salvadoran national teams are no strangers to playing in Houston and both have proven to have strong support from the local community.
Honduras played Peru to a scoreless draw on Nov. 12, 2012 at BBVA Compass Stadium, while El Salvador played New Zealand to a 2-2 draw at BBVA Compass Stadium on May 23, 2012. In addition, more than 27,000 fans packed Robertson Stadium in May 2011 to see a friendly between Honduras and El Salvador.
Tickets to all Gold Cup matches will be available to the general public starting on Thursday, March 21 at 10 a.m. by visiting www.GoldCup.org.
Group B schedule (time listed in CT):
Monday, July 8 – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)
El Salvador vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 6 p.m.
Haiti vs. Honduras, 8:30 p.m.
Friday, July 12 – Sun Life Stadium (Miami, FL)
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Haiti, 6 p.m.
Honduras vs. El Salvador, 8:30 p.m.
Monday, July 15 – BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, TX)
El Salvador vs. Haiti, 6 p.m.
Honduras vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 8:30 p.m.
After two weeks of Major League Soccer, the Houston Dynamo placed towards the top spots in week two’s power rankings. With their 2-0 win at home against D.C. United in the season opener and their bye week due to CONCACAF Champions League, MLS’s Matthew Doyle and Bleacher Report’s Joe Tansey have the Dynamo ranked No. 2, behind the L.A. Galaxy.
This is what MLS writer, Doyle, had to say about Houston.
Like the Galaxy, the Dynamo were off during the weekend but had a good midweek result to build off of in CCL play. They're very, very balanced and they're very, very tough to break down at this point. It's still going to be a monumental task to come away from Santos with an historic midweek result.
Meanwhile Houston’s next rival, FC Dallas, ranks No. 15 in the MLS Power Rankings after their 3-1 loss to Chivas USA.
Sport Illustrated’s power rankings by Avi Creditor have Houston ranked No.1 in the league. Here is what Creditor had to say about the Dynamo.
Given a bye from league play because of their involvement in the CONCACAF Champions League, the Dynamo carry a 1-0 edge with them into Torreon, where they eye rare MLS success on Mexican soil and hope to eliminate Herculez Gomez's Santos Laguna to seal a place in the tournament semifinals. Win or lose, awaiting the Dynamo next weekend is the start of a tough league stretch and a Texas rivalry bout with FC Dallas.
Houston will look to stay at the top spots of the power rankings, as they play on Sunday against FC Dallas in the “Battle for El Capitan,” part of MLS Rivalry Week on ESPN 2 at 12 p.m.
Here is today's look at Dynamo and MLS news from various news outlets:
· Dynamo take first step in Champions League (Washington Post)
· Davis’s late goal gives Dynamo a leg up (Houston Chronicle)
· Salazar developing skills as member of Dynamo Academy (Houston Chronicle)
· 89th minute goal gives Houston advantage in CCL quarterfinals (AP/Sports Illustrated)
· Dynamo emboldened by victory (MLSSoccer.com)
· Dynamo snatched another win in the final minutes (MLSSoccer.com)
· Davis sparks Houston with late goal (NBC Pro Soccer Talk)
· Late Davis goal gives Houston crucial first-leg win (SB Nation)
· Dynamo vs. Santos Laguna, 1st leg recap (Dynamo Theory)