After Houston’s 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire, the Dynamo now hold the longest unbeaten home streak in MLS with 35 games in all competitions and the No. 3 spot in this week’s power rankings by MLSsoccer.com. Here is what MLSsoccer.com had to say about the unbeaten streak:
There was very little doubt that they'd make it 35 unbeaten at home last weekend, right? That's the sign of a consistently professional team – both the length of the streak itself, and the almost "ho-hum" acceptance that they'd get it done.
Houston’s next rival, Toronto FC moved up a couple spots to No. 15 after their 1-1 tie with the Philadelphia Union. This was MLSsoccer.com’s take on Toronto:
Robert Earnshaw's ability to find goals out of nothing has kept Toronto in the hunt despite the fact that – honestly now – they're being outplayed week after week. And goalkeeper Joe Bendik has been an absolute revelation.
Meanwhile, Bleacher Report’s Joe Tansey has the Dynamo tie at No.2 alongside Sporting Kansas City. On the flip side, goal.com had Houston No.4, while Sports illustrated’s Avi Creditor has the Dynamo at No. 5 on his power rankings.
Now that the home unbeaten streak is history, the Houston Dynamo travel to Toronto in search of their first road points of the season, when they play Toronto FC on Saturday at BMO Field at 3 p.m.
After Houston’s 2-0 defeat to the Portland Timbers, the writers from MLSsoccer.com dropped the Dynamo from the top spot to No. 4 in this week’s power rankings. This is what they had to say about the current state of the Dynamo:
It's a bit of a precipitous tumble for a team that was at the top, but it's honestly been kind of a Jekyll and Hyde season from Houston thus far. They've looked pure quality at times, but have been weirdly fragile defensively in big moments. That burned them twice in Portland. But now they go to Fort BBVA with a chance to set an MLS record... good bet that the MLS Cup-caliber Dynamo show up this weekend.
Houston will return home this weekend to play the Chicago Fire, who picked up their first win of the season last weekend against the New York Red Bulls. MLSsoccer.com writers moved the Fire up one spot to No.18 and had this to say about Frank Klopas' squad:
Time to buy Maicon Santos for your Fantasy teams, folks. He has one month per season in which he's absolutely unstoppable, and if last weekend is any indication, April is it. With Arne Friedrich coming back soon as well, the Fire have a chance to make March's agony a distant memory.
Houston will look to extend their current home unbeaten streak to a MLS record 35 games in all competitions (regular season, playoffs and CCL), this Sunday against the Chicago Fire at 4 p.m. (BUY TICKETS)
After Houston’s 2-0 home victory over San Jose last weekend, the Dynamo tied the MLS record with 34 consecutive home games unbeaten in all competitions. With the new record in their sights, the Dynamo got some love in this week's power rankings from MLSsoccer.com and Bleacher Report’s Joe Tansey. Both sites had the Dynamo in their top spot after the fifth week of the MLS season.
MLSsoccer.com had this to say about Houston:
Got to give it up for the Dynamo: They've weathered preseason injuries, a disappointing CCL elimination, some set-piece worries (we're not 100 percent convinced those are gone) and international call-ups all before the calendar even turned to April. And with all that, they're 3-1-0 – and heating up.
But not everybody agrees that Houston’s current form deserves the top spot in the power rankings. Both ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle and Yahoo Sport’s Zac Wassink placed Houston in the fifth spot in their respective rankings. According to Wassink:
Houston's next three games include trips to Portland and Toronto surrounding a home match against lowly Chicago. The Dynamo could be atop MLS power rankings by the end of April.
Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated’s Avi Creditor did not move the Dynamo after their home victory, keeping them at the No.3 spot, but did emphasize Houston’s attacking force:
The manner in which the Dynamo scored in a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes was a testament to their attacking quality. On one side, Oscar Boniek Garcia used a tremendous individual effort to get by All-Star defender Justin Morrow and send an accurate cross for Will Bruin. On the other, Brad Davis put in his trademark pinpoint service for Giles Barnes. This dynamic team can come at opponents from myriad ways and angles.
Houston will look to win their first road game of the year when they travel to JELD-WEN Field this weekend to take on the Portland Timbers.
Houston was the latest stop in the Soccer Walking America tour. The tour consist of a 15-city video series in 45 days by former professional soccer player Jared Montz to fight malaria and encourage soccer players worldwide to juggle to save lives in the OSA World Juggle-a-thon for Nothing But Nets on April 25, 2013; World Malaria Day.
Ahead of Saturday's match between the Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes at BBVA Compass Stadium, we take a look at the two men who will patrol the sideline for each club: Dominic Kinnear and Frank Yallop. Remarkably, each coach enters this weekend's match with exactly 116 regular season wins. Will one coach take the lead in the friendly rivalry when the final whistle blows on Saturday?
|Current team managed||Houston Dynamo (2006-present)||San Jose Earthquakes (2008-present)|
|Previous teams managed||San Jose Earthquakes (2004-2005)||
LA Galaxy (2006-2007)
Canadian national team (2004-2006)
San Jose Earthquakes (2001-2003)
|MLS coaching record||116-77-92||116-102-79|
|MLS points earned||440||427|
|MLS Cups won||2||2|
|Conference championships won||4||2|
|MLS Coach of the Year awards||1 (2005)||2 (2001, 2012)|
|Supporters' Shield won||1 (2005)||1 (2012)|
|Number of teams played for||9||3|
|Most recent team played for||Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS)||Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS)|
|Foreign teams played for||Necaxa (MEX)||
Ipswitch Town (ENG)
|National team appearances||54 (USA)||52 (CAN)|
MLSSoccer.com's writers moved Houston up two spots from last week’s rankings. This is what they had to say about the Dynamo:
Even without Brad Davis and Boniek García, Houston looked very smooth and fairly dangerous in possession. They also didn't look nearly as vulnerable to set pieces as they have been, but could very easily have dug themselves a 2-0 hole based purely on counterattacks. A good fightback at home is nice work, but there is still tinkering to be done by Dominic Kinnear.
Sports Illustrated’s Avi Creditor moved the Dynamo up one from last week’s rankings, after they extended their home win streak to 27 regular season games and 33 games in all competitions (includes playoffs and Champions League). Here is Creditor's take on the Dynamo:
The Dynamo's home dominance continued. More impressively, it continued without starters Brad Davis, Oscar Boniek Garcia and Jermaine Taylor, all on international duty. Andrew Driver, Eric Brunner and Warren Creavalle stepped up (it took Creavalle a couple overhit shots to warm up, but still) to deal Vancouver its first loss.
Yahoo Sport’s Zac Wassink moved Houston from its previous No.10 spot up to No.6 in this week’s power rankings. This is what Wassink had to say about Houston’s home dominance:
The best home team in all of North American pro sports plays in MLS. It's hard to imagine the Dynamo losing in Houston; ever.
Meanwhile, Houston’s next opponent, the San Jose Earthquakes, are ranked No.3 by Wassink after their 1-0 win over Seattle. Here is Wassink on the Earthquakes:
And some of you were concerned about Chris Wondolowski and the 'Quakes. They may not win 3-0 every weekend, but they will likely be one of the best teams in the West when all is said and done.
Houston will remain at home this week to host the San Jose Earthquakes at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (BUY TICKETS)
Glenn Davies and Sebastian Salazar talk about Vancouver's key players and preview Saturday's match at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Glenn Davies analyzes Houston's second goal against FC Dallas in last week's 3-2 loss.
Houston's goalkeeper Tally Hall sits down with Sebastian Salazar to talk about his MLS stardom, new love for hunting, and his recent national team experience.
The Houston Dynamo's unbeaten streak at home is on the line this Saturday against Vancouver. Houston will have to keep the streak alive without some key players due to international duty.