Two weeks ago, Dynamo president Chris Canetti and former Dynamo center back Eddie Robinson traveled to Newtown for the second edition of Soccer Night in Newtown. Check out this piece from MSG about the event.
Just two weeks after ending the Houston Dynamo’s long home undefeated run, Sporting Kansas City now play host when the Eastern Conference clubs face off Sunday afternoon at Sporting Park before an NBC Sports Network audience. Sporting return home off a two-game road trip that ended with a 1-1 draw at D.C. United last weekend. The Dynamo are coming off a second consecutive home loss, this time a 2-0 reverse by the New England Revolution.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Clark, Brunner, Ashe; Davis, Moffat, Barnes; Boniek, Bruin, Driver
Subs: Deric, Arena, Chabala, Creavalle, Camargo, Ching, Johnson
Sporting KC: Nielsen; Jerome, Opara, Besler, Sinovic; Nagamura, Rosell, Joseph; Peterson, Bieler, Zusi
Subs: Kronberg, Myers, Olum, Gardner, Lopez, Thomas, Kamara
CSN Houston's Sara Eckert breaks down Jermaine Taylor's injury and what it means for the Houston Dynamo.
It's always interesting to see the Twitter reaction when a new player is invited into a national team camp. No one is shy to voice their opinion and there are no shortage of opinions being voiced. So on Thursday, with the announcement that Corey Ashe has been added to the U.S. men's national team roster for its upcoming game against Belgium, it's no surprise that Twitter was the place to be for instant analysis. Here are just a few snippets from the Twitterverse
About time Corey Ashe got a call-up. Well done. #DomKinnearSoccerFactory
— Matthew T (@shinguardian) May 23, 2013
YES. Great decision by Klinsmann. Congrats to @coreyashe on his call-up. I've seen him as a top LB in MLS this year. Very consistent.
— Jonathan Yardley (@jtyardley) May 23, 2013
— Arlo White (@arlowhite) May 23, 2013
Corey Ashe added to #USMNT roster. Long overdue for a look at left back.
— Thomas Floyd (@thomasfloyd10) May 23, 2013
So while many seem to agree that Ashe's call-up in long overdue, one has to ask: Why now? Well according to US Soccer, the squad will be without left backs Edgar Castillo and Fabian Johnson for the match against Belgium as both players are still with their club teams. That leaves DaMarcus Beasley as the only "true" left back option for Klinsmann's squad. So with a void at the left back position (one that has plagued US Soccer for quite some time) Klinsmann turned to MLS and a player who made a seamless transition to the position just over two years ago.
Dominic Kinnear initially switched Ashe to left back to mark former Red Bulls striker Dane Richards. Former Red Bulls manager Hans Backe thought so highly of the speedy defender that he selected him to his MLS All-Star team to help neutralize Manchester United winger Nani. Two years later, Ashe finds himself with the opportunity to earn his first national team cap against a squad with the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini.
According to Opta, the official stats provider for Major League Soccer, in 2012, Ashe completed 784 passes in the opposition's half, good for second among MLS defenders. He also attempted 331 passes in the opposition's final third (third best among MLS defenders), as he learned to adjust between the 4-4-2 and the 4-3-3 that the Dynamo played in 2012. So even though Ashe made the transition from midfielder to defender, he has consistently looked to aid the Dynamo attack, a trait that has caught the attention of Klinsmann.
So what do you think Dynamo fans? Would you like to see a USMNT back line featuring former teammates Geoff Cameron and Corey Ashe? Do you think Ashe has what it takes to stick with the national team? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.
Dynamo broadcast Glenn Davis is back on the air tonight with a new episode of Dynamo All-Access. The show will air on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM from 7-9 p.m.
Guests for the show include Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear, Dynamo president Chris Canetti, Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen as well as assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin. Davis will also chat with Nigerian national team head coach Stephen Keshi about his team's upcoming match against Mexico at Reliant Stadium.
The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.
As the Houston Dynamo prepare for Sunday's showdown against Sporting KC, Eddie Robinson takes a look at the key storylines heading into the match.
When the roster for the upcoming U.S. men's national team training camp was announced last week, there was no shortage of Dynamo connections on the list. For starters, midfielder Brad Davis and goalkeeper Tally Hall were named to the roster. Davis will join the team following this weekend's match against Sporting KC. Hall will leave the Dynamo following their June 1 match against the Columbus Crew.
But aside from Davis and Hall, there were two others names on the list that brought a smile to the faces of Dynamo faithful. First was Geoff Cameron, the former Dynamo jack-of-all-trades who now plies his trade with Stoke City of the English Premier League. And second was Stuart Holden, a fan favorite in orange from 2006-2009, who left Houston after the 2009 season to join English club Bolton Wanderers.
So with a week left before the USMNT convenes in Cleveland, it's no surprise that Holden is back where it all began, training hard with the Dynamo (pictured, above) in the hopes of being selected by USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for one of the team's upcoming matches.
That's the reaction right now in the world of American soccer with today's announcement that Manchester City FC and the New York Yankees have joined forces for New York City FC, the 20th team in Major League Soccer, which will begin play in 2015.
A second team in the New York market has long been the goal of MLS commissioner Don Garber and he has not been shy with his intentions. The addition of the New York Yankees, however, is news to everyone. While some might question whether or not a second team in the New York market is good for MLS, Dynamo president Chris Canetti believes this is a positive step for Major League Soccer.
"This is a great announcement for MLS and a big positive step forward," Canetti said. "I know that Commissioner Garber has worked long and hard to make this project a reality and it is good to see his vision come to fruition. It is another symbol of MLS’ growth and development."
Canetti understands what it takes to be successful in New York City. The Connecticut native joined the New York MetroStars in 2000 and worked for the organization until he joined the Houston Dynamo in May 2006.
"I believe that the New York market can support two teams because of the variable dynamics there," he added. "I think New York City will be an incredible success story given its location and the huge soccer market within a short distance of the stadium."
So while the move to put the league's 20th team might be good for New York sports fans, what does this mean for the Dynamo?
In 2011, the Dynamo were moved from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference to make room for the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps. When the Montreal Impact joined MLS in 2012, the Dynamo remained in the Eastern Conference, giving the East 10 teams and the West nine teams. With NYCFC beginning play in 2015, does that spell a potential move back to the Western Conference for the Dynamo?
"I can only guess, but it would seem to make sense that the Dynamo are relocated back to the Western Conference," Canetti said. "It would balance out the conferences with 10 teams per side, and it makes the most geographical sense for us to be realigned."
There are lots of things to consider with a potential move back to the Western Conference for the Dynamo. The move would potentially mean a revival of the Texas Derby with multiple games played each year between the Dynamo and FC Dallas. A switch could also halt the budding rivalry between the Dynamo and Sporting KC. In the grand scheme of things, a move back to the Western Conference for the Dynamo could lead to the return of a balanced schedule that fans have long called for.
So what do you think Dynamo fans? Do you like the addition of New York City FC to MLS? Would you like to see the Dynamo back in the Western Conference? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.
Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching joined Glenn Davis on Soccer Matters Monday night to talk about Saturday's match against the New England Revolution and the current state of the Dynamo. Davis will be back on the airways Thursday night when he hosts Dynamo All-Access from 7-9 p.m on 1560 AM.